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Full text of "Annual report of the town of Chelmsford"

Annual Report 

of the 

Town of Chelmsford 




For the year ending December 31, 1999 



GENERAL INFORMATION 3 

Information 3 

Phone Directory 4 

Balance Sheet 5 

Elected Officials 4/6/99. 6 

Town Officials 7 

Town Meeting Representatives Precinct 1 8 

Town Meeting Representatives Precinct 2 8 

Town Meeting Representatives Precinct 3 9 

Town Meeting Representatives Precinct 4 9 

Town Meeting Representatives Precinct 5 10 

Town Meeting Representatives Precinct 6 10 

Town Meeting Representatives Precinct 7 1 1 

Town Meeting Representatives Precinct 8 1 1 

Town Meeting Representatives Precinct 9 12 

TOWN OFFICES 13 

Board Of Selectmen 13 

Town Manager 15 

Accounting Department 19 

Board Of Assessors 19 

Board Of Health 20 

Board Of Registrars 22 

Building Inspector 23 

MISDeparment 24 

Office of Emergency Management. 24 

Public Library 25 

Recreation Commission 27 

Recycling Committee 29 

Sewer Commission 30 

Town Clerk 32 

Treasurer / Tax Collector. 32 

PUBLIC SAFETY 34 

Police Department 34 

Auxiliary Police Report 38 

Fire Department 39 

Fire Departmental Personnel 40 

Fire Department Calls 42 

Office Of The Dog Officer 43 

DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 44 

Engineering Division 44 

Public Buildings 44 

Parks Division 45 

Sewer Division 46 

Highway Division 47 

EDUCATION 49 

Public Schools School Committee 49 

Nashoba Valley Technical High School 52 

HUMAN SERVICES 54 

Council on Aging 54 

Veterans Services 55 

TOWN COMMITTES AND COMMISSIONS 56 

Board Of Appeals 56 

Celebrations Committee 57 

Cemetery Commission 58 

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Commission On Disabilities 59 

Community Services Council. 60 

Conservation Commission 61 

Cultural Council 62 

Finance Committee 63 

Historical Commission 64 

Historic District Commission 65 

Holiday Decorations Committee 66 

Housing Authority 67 

Planning Board 68 

Veterans' Emergency Fund 70 

Veterans' Emergency Fund Committee 71 

TOWN MEETINGS AND ELECTIONS 72 

Town Election April 6, 1999 72 

Annual Town Meeting April 26, 1999 74 

Special Town Meeting April 26, 1999 76 

Annual Town Meeting October 18, 1999 92 

Adjourned Annual Town Meeting October 25, 1999. 101 



GENERAL INFORMATION 



Information 




Incorporated 


May, 1655 




Type of Government 


Board of Selectmen; Town Manager 


Town Meeting 


Location 


Eastern Massachusetts, bordered by Lowell and Tyngsboro on the North, Billerica on the 
East, Carlisle on the South, and Westford on the West. It is 24 miles from Boston, 40 miles 
from Worcester, and 225 miles from New York City. 


County 


Middlesex 




Land Area 


22.54 Square Miles 




Population 


31,468 




Tax Rate 


FY 2000 $17.34 (Residential and Commercial) 


U. S. Senators in Congress: 


5th Congressional District 


Martin Meehan, Lowell, MA 




State Senator 


Susan Fargo, Lincoln, MA 




Representative in General Court 


1 6th Middlesex District 


Carol C. Cleven, Chelmsford, MA 




Accounting Department 


Monday thru Friday 


8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Assessors Office 


Monday 


8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.* 




Tuesday thru Friday 


8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Board of Health 


Monday thru Friday 


8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


Building Department 


Monday thru Friday 


8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


Highway Department 


Office 


Monday thru Friday 


7:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. 


Garage 


Monday thru Friday 


7:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. 


Public Libraries 


Adams Library 


Monday thru Thursday 


9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 




Friday & Saturday 


9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 




Sunday (Oct to May) 


1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. 


McKay Library 


Monday & Wednesday 


11:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m. 




Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 


11:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. 




Saturday 


10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. 


School Superintendent 


Monday thru Friday 


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 


Selectmen's Office 


Monday thru Friday 


8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Town Clerk 


Monday 


8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.* 




Tuesday thru Friday 


8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Tax Collector & Treasurer 


Monday 


8:30 a.m. -6:30 p.m.* 




Tuesday thru Friday 


8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Veterans' Agent Office 


Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 


8:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. 



Meet iii« 


When 


Where 


Annual Town Election 


First Tuesday in April 


9 Precincts 


Annual Town Meeting 


Last Monday in April 


Senior Center 


Annual Town Meeting 


Third Monday in October 


Senior Center 


Selectmen 


7:00 p.m. - Every other Monday 


Town Offices 


School Committee 


7:30 p.m. - Every other Tuesday 


Parker School 


Planning Board 


7:30 p.m. - 2nd & 4th Wednesday 


Town Offices 


Appeals Board 


7:30 p.m. - 2nd & 4th Thursday 


Town Offices 


Conservation Commission 


8:00 p.m. - 1st & 3rd Tuesday 


Town Offices 


Board of Health 


5:00 p.m. - 1st Tuesday of Month 


Town Offices 


Housing Authority 


7:30 p.m. - 1st Tuesday of Month 


10 Wilson Street 



Phone Directory 



Accounting 250-5215 

Assessor 250-5220 

Board of Appeals 250-5247 

Building Inspector 250-5225 

Cemetery 250-5245 

Conservation Commission 250-5247 

Council on Aging 251-0533 

Dog Officer 256-0754 

Fire Department 256-2541 

All Other Fire Business 250-5267 

Gas Inspector 250-5225 

Health Department 250-5241 

Highway Department 250-5270 

Garage 250-5271 

Housing Authority 256-7425 

Libraries: 

Adams 256-5521 

McKay 251-3212 

Personnel 250-5288 

Planning Board 250-523 1 

Plumbing Inspector 250-5225 

Police Department 256-2521 

Post Office (Center) 256-2361 

Post Office (North Chelmsford) 251-4461 

Recreation Commission 250-5262 

School Administration 251-5100 

Selectmen 250-5201 

Sewer Commission 250-5233 

Supt. of Public Bldgs 250-5249 

Town Clerk 250-5205 

Town Engineer. 250-5228 

Town Manager 250-5201 

Treasurer/Tax Collector 250-5210 

Veterans' Agent 250-5238 

Waste/Recycle 250-5203 

Water Department 

Chelmsford 256-2381 

East Water 453-0121 

North Water 251-3931 

Wiring Inspector 250-5225 



Balance Sheet 





Governmental Fund Types 




Fiduciary 
Fund Types 


Account 
Group 


Totals 

(Memorandum 

Only) 



Spcv 



Term June .'(I. |W) 







KcMMinc 


\genc\ 


( »m illation* 




















Cash 


$ 2,672,331 


$ 3,651,312 


$ 




$ 1,586,907 


$ 


$ 7,910,550 


















Investments 


3,664,832 


- 


- 




6,117,663 


- 


9,782,495 


Investment in Deferred Compensation Plan 


- 


- 


- 




3,256,874 




3,256,874 


















Property Tax Receivable: 
















Current Year 


546,461 


- 


- 




- 


- 


546,461 


Prior Year 


(35,801) 


- 


- 




- 


- 


(35,801) 


















Other Accounts Receivable: 
















Motor Vehicle Excise 


546,426 


- 


- 




- 


• 


546,426 


Tax Liens 


608,712 


- 


- 




- 


- 


608,712 


Sewer 


84,533 


- 


- 




" 


- 


84,533 


Special Assessments 


- 


9,231 


- 






- 


9,231 


Departmental 


500 


1,369 


- 




24,670 


- 


26,539 


Intergovernmental 


- 


944,894 


158,926 




- 


- 


1,103,820 


















Dues from Other Funds 


261,026 


- 


- 




- 


- 


261,026 


Other Assets 


125,269 


- 


- 




453,900 


- 


579,169 


Amounts to be Provided for retirement of Long 
Term Obligations 


. 


- 


- 




- 


35.460274 


35.460274 






























Total Assets 


$ 8 t 474 r 289 


$ 4.606 r 806 


$ 158 r 926 




$ll t 440 r 014 


$ 35,460.274 


$60,140,309 






























Governmental Fund Types 




Fiduciary 
Fund Types 


Account 
Group 


Totals 

(Memorandum 

Only) 


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1 t V. 




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( >bliualions 



















Accounts Payable 


$ 913,441 


$ 165294 


$ 18,700 




$ 454270 


$ 


$ 1,551,705 


Payroll Withholdings 


504,129 


- 


- 




- 


- 


504,129 


Other Liabilities 


68,611 


- 


- 




320,638 


- 


389,249 


Due to Other Funds 


- 


- 


261,026 




- 


- 


261,026 


Deferred Compensation Payable 


- 


- 


- 




3,256,874 


- 


3,256,874 


Deferred Revenue 


(152258) 


9,231 


158,926 




- 


- 


15,899 


Reserve for Abatements 


1,868,954 


- 


- 




- 


- 


1,868,954 


Court Judgement Payable 


- 


- 


- 




- 


120,746 


120,746 


Accrued Compensated Absences 


- 


- 


- 




- 


4,116,986 


4,116,986 


Bonds and Notes Payable 


- 


- 


11.106.049 




- 


31222.542 


42.328.591 


















Total Liabilities 


3202.877 


174.525 


11.544.701 




4.031.782 


35.460274 


54.414.159 


















Fund Equity: 
















Fund Balances: 
















Reserved: 
















Encumbrances 


787,841 


- 


- 




- 


- 


787,841 


Endowments 


- 


- 


- 




802,345 


- 


802,345 


Unreserved: 
















Designated 


312,618 


4,432281 


(11,385,775) 




6,605,887 


- 


(34,989) 


Undesignated 


4.170.953 


- 


- 




- 


- 


4.170.953 


















Total Fund Equity 


5.271.412 


4.432281 


(11.385.775) 




7.408232 


- 


5.726.150 


















Total Liabilities and Fund Equity 


% 8.474.289 


$ 4.606.806 


$ 158.926 




$11,440,014 


$ 35.460.274 


$60,140,309 



Elected Officials 4/6/99 



CEMETERY COMMISSION 



Jean R. McCaffery Chr 
Gerald L. Hardy 
James F. Dolan 

CONSTABLE 

William E. Spence 

BOARD OF HEALTH 

Douglas E. Hausler Chr 
Paul J. Canniff VChr 
Peter Dulchinos Clerk 

HOUSING AUTHORITY 

Leonard E. Westgate 
Lynn M. Marcella Chr 
Scott Johnson Treas 
Pamela Turnbull V Chr 
Denise Marcaurelle 
William P. Keohane 

LIBRARY TRUSTEES 

Jaclyn D. Matzkin 
Stephen J. Mallette VChr 
Sarah L. Warner 
John W. Cutter, Jr. 
Margaret E. Marshall Chr 
Elizabeth A. McCarthy Treas 
Richard E. DeFreitas 
Kathryn M. Fisher Clerk 

MODERATOR 

Dennis E. McHugh 



PLANNING BOARD 

Pamela L. Armstrong 
Kim J. MacKenzie 
James P. Good 
Charles Wojtas Clerk 
Susan E. Carter 
Robert C. Morse Chr 
Christopher Garrahan 
Tracey Wallace Cody 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

Anthony V. Volpe, Chr 
Mary Jo Griffin, Sec 
Evelyn S. Thoren, VChr 
Judith B. Mallette 
Sheila E. Pichette 

SELECTMEN 

William F. Dalton 
Philip M. Eliopoulos, VChr 
Thomas E. Moran 
Michael F. McCall, Clerk 
Stuart G. Weisfeldt, Chr 



201 Old Westford Rd. 
1 1 Meehan Drive 
106 Middlesex Street 

91 Billerica Road 



5 1 Stonegate Road 
8 Westford Street 
1 7 Spaulding Road 



(3 yr Term 
256-5333 
256-6717 
251-3105 



elected) 
2000 
2001 
2002 



(3 yr Term - elected) 
256-4581 2001 

(3 yr Term - elected) 
256-8194 2000 

256-3261 2001 

256-5256 2002 





(5 yr Term ■ 


■ elected) 


7 Wildes Rd 


256-3796 


2000 


74 Carlisle Street 


458-6807 


2002 


25 Samuel Road 


256-3205 


2003 


325 Wellman Avenue (Govnr Appt) 


251-4778 


7/03 


7 Whippletree Rd 


256-0942 


2000 


Resigned May 3, 1999 (Westgate appt) 




2001 




(3 yr Term 


- elected) 


E24 Scotty Hollow Drive" 


251-8974 


2000 


13 Wedgewood Drive 


250-0260 


2000 


Resigned April 16, 1999 




2001 


38 Abbott Lane 


256-6602 


2001 


2 Draycoach Drive 


251-1296 


2002 


48 Bartlett Street 


256-6871 


2002 


61 St. Andrews Way 


251-9866 


2002 


2 Kelshill Rd 


251-4835 


2000 




(3 yr Term ■ 


■ elected) 


63 Dalton Road 


256-6842 


2002 


2 Chelmsford Street (office) 


256-3330 






(3 yr Term • 


- elected) 


15 Amble Rd (repl Wallace Cody) 


256-8767 


2000 


101 High Street 


256-4088 


2000 


4 Burning Tree Lane 


256-2686 


2000 


24 Elm Street 


256-9089 


2001 


47 Kennedy Drive 


251-4374 


2001 


45 Clarissa Road 


256-5147 


2002 


4 Maynard Circle 


251-3673 


2002 


Resigned effective 12/1/99 








(3 yr Term 


- elected) 


144 Warren Avenue 


250-8548 


2000 


125 Stedman Street 


244-5212 


2001 


1 8 Pinewood Road 


256-1122 


2001 


13 Wedgewood Drive 


250-0260 


2002 


26 Shedd Lane 


452-5919 


2002 




(3 yr Term 


- elected) 


12 Dartmouth Street 


251-3259 


2000 


26 Arbutus Ave. 


256-2388 


2000 


19 DennisonRoad 


251-4173 


2001 


151 Main Street 


251-3157 


2001 


8 Leitrim Lane 


256-7902 


2002 



SEWER COMMISSION 

George F. Abely Clerk 
John P. Emerson, Jr. Chr 
Barry B. Balan VChr 
John F. Souza 
Richard J. Day 



87 Swain Road 
8 Loiselle Lane 
54 Boston Road #10 
123 Stedman St 
6 Merilda Avenue 



(3 yr Term ■ 


■ elected) 


251-8472 


2000 


251-3654 


2001 


256-8234 


2001 


256-6478 


2002 


251-3382 


2002 



Town Officials 



TOWN MANAGER 

TOWN CLERK 

FINANCE DIRECTOR 
TREASURER/TAX COLLECTOR 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT 

BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

BUILDING INSPECTOR 
DPW DIRECTOR 
POLICE CHIEF 

FIRE CHIEF 
FINANCE COMMITTEE 



Bernard F. Lynch 
Mary E. St.Hilaire 

Charles F. Mansfield 

Jean D. Sullivan 

Diane M. Phillips 
Bruce Symmes 

Anthony F. Zagzoug 

James E. Pearson 

Raymond G. McCusker Jr 
Armand J. Caron 

John E. Parow 



250-5201 
250-5205 

250-5210 
250-5215 
250-5220 

250-5225 

250-5228 

250-5255 
(retired 2/99) 

250-5267 



Clare L. Jeannotte,Chr 

Dwight M. Hayward 

William Curry 

Samuel P. Chase 

Mary E. Frantz 

William J. Gilet, Jr 

Eugene T. Schwamb III 

Cornelius J. O'Neill (resigned effective 6/30/99) 

Marcia V. Dobroth (resigned effective 6/30/99) 

Susan M. Olsen (resigned effective 6/30/99) 

Charles A. Piper (resigned effective 6/30/99) 



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TOWN OFFICES 



Board Of Selectmen 



It is with great pleasure that we present to you the Town of Chelmsford 1999 Annual Report 
containing a concise yet detailed description of accomplishments and activities in 1999. After 
you finish reading this report, I'm sure you will agree that it was a great year for our Town. 
Truly, we have much to be proud of. 

With the election of April 1999, I was gratefully reelected for a second term on the Board of 
Selectmen and honored to serve as Chairman. Although I would like to take full credit for the air 
of cooperation and mutual respect which surrounded the Board's work in 1999, it is really a 
testament to the quality of individuals serving. I must thank my colleagues on the Board for all 
their effort, dedication and professionalism in conducting the matters of the Town in the past 
year — much has been accomplished. 

As in years past the Board set several primary goals at its annual strategic planning session, 
taking into consideration the multitude of ongoing projects and initiatives currently underway. 
During 1999 the Board agreed to focus on traffic issues, improvements to Central Square, a 
water service study, a DPW operational review and tax relief as our primary goals. Several 
unique projects also presented themselves during the course of the year including the Board's 
initiation of negotiations with RCN Telecomm Service, Inc. for a competing cable franchise and 
the Town's thorough emergency management review during our Y2K preparations. 

Several major building projects also continued throughout the year including the completion of 
Center School renovations in September 1999, the ongoing Adams Library project, and 
development of plans for a new police station scheduled to begin construction in 2000. The 
Board was also involved in a comprehensive school facilities study scheduled to conclude in 
2000. Regionally, the Town continues to be involved in the Route 3 expansion project and 
recently submitted its own plans for a redesign of the Drum Hill rotary. All these projects work 
to help ensure the future education, safety and quality of life for Chelmsford residents. 

With regard to taxes, we are very proud of the fact that for the sixth year in a row, we have been 
able to provide tax relief to Chelmsford's property owners while at the same time maintaining 
and enhancing the quality of services offered. We continue to focus on future service 
enhancements as evidenced by our ongoing school facility study, independent evaluation of our 
public works department and water service study. These actions will allow the Town to better 
plan for the future and enable us to continue acting in a fiscally responsible manner. The 
planning efforts and actions we take today will positively impact future generations for years to 
come. 



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As you review the Annual Report and projects undertaken over the past year, it is apparent that 
we continue to devote an increasing amount of time and effort on projects geared towards 
serving our Town well into the future. This speaks volumes as to the state of our community in 
which the fiscal affairs and day-to-day operations are well managed, allowing us to focus on 
long-term needs. For this, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Town Manager, 
his staff and all the dedicated Town employees for the excellent work they do serving the 
residents of our community. 

In closing, I would ask that each of us give some thought as to how we can become more 
involved in our community. There are many ways to do this, such as spending some time with 
the folks at the Senior Center, volunteering to serve on one of our many boards and 
commissions, or lending a helping hand to one of the youth sports leagues in Town. I promise 
that you shall find your experience highly rewarding. With your help, we will continue to make 
Chelmsford a great place to live and work. 



Sincerely, 

Stuart G. Weisfeldt, Chairman 





Front Row: Phillip Eliopoulos; Stuart Weisfeldt; Michael F. McCall 

Back Row: William Dalton; Thomas E. Moran 



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Town Manager 



I am pleased to present the Annual Report of the Town Manager for the year ending December 
31, 1999. As we prepare to move into a new year, decade, century and millennium we can 
retrospectively consider how Chelmsford has changed over the years. The changes have been 
for better and worse with many resulting from forces beyond our control. It is imperative that 
prospectively we work to maintain and improve our quality of life and gain control over those 
forces that can alter the community. 

In this light it may be useful to consider that our current form of government became ten years 
old in 1999. It was in April of 1989 that the voters of Chelmsford adopted a Home Rule Charter 
with goals of efficiency and structure that would enable us to plan and coordinate our 
governmental responsibilities. 

In 1989 Chelmsford, like other towns, faced an array of financial problems due to an economic 
downturn. Unfortunately, the Town had not used the prosperity of the 1980's to address many 
long-term capital needs nor build adequate financial reserves. The Town's problems were 
compounded by structural restrictions that prevented finding real long-term solutions to these 
problems. It was in this climate that the Town considered whether to change the form of 
government by establishing an elected Representative Town Meeting body, instituting 
professional management by creating a position of Town Manager with established powers and 
responsibilities, and changing a number of offices from elected to appointed. I believe that the 
change has been a great success with the beneficiary being our Town today and in the future. 

We have surely benefited by a strong economy but similar conditions in the 1980's did not 
produce the same results. Our financial reserves are now at over $5 million compared to a peak 
of just over $1 million during the early 80's. These monies will assist us in financing large 
capital projects and by providing a buffer to any economic downturn. We have finally addressed 
inadequacies of our facilities including the Library and a new police station. We have made great 
investments in our schools by dramatic increases to educational spending and by renovating the 
Center School. 

While the Town experienced great commercial/industrial growth during the 80' s, we had an 
extremely high vacancy rate by 1989 resulting in a shift of the tax burden to the residential 
taxpayers. Through coordinated efforts with the private sector we have negligible vacancies and 
a number of new buildings coming on-line. We now face pressures that come from growth, 
however, we now have professional expertise on staff to coordinate development and assist the 
Planning Board in preserving quality of life. To this end we have taken steps over the last ten 
years to preserve our community character and enhance it. These steps include the acquisition of 
over 100 acres of open space including a golf course now operating as a municipal enterprise that 
is used extensively. We have increased our recreation programming and established a 
Community Center. We have also negotiated a long-term lease with the state for the Forum ice 
rink on the Billerica border to provide additional recreation opportunities. Like the golf course 
the Forum covers its costs and produces surplus revenue for the Town. 



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We have also grappled with long term infrastructure problems such as traffic. We have after 
several decades developed plans for traffic improvements in Central Square with similar 
improvements already implemented in Vinal Square. Through the leadership of the Sewer 
Commission we have installed sewers throughout much of the Town after considering the project 
for decades. Importantly, the financial impact of the project has been minimal due to the efforts 
of the Commission and careful financial planning by the Town administration. 

We have been innovative in creating new efforts such as the Senior Tax Rebate Program and 
citizen relation projects such as this Newsletter. 

Throughout moving on all of these various fronts we have endeavored to limit the tax impact and 
when possible provide tax relief. Our position in the State relative to other communities on 
average tax per household has changed from the low 40's out of 351 to the high 50's. 

In 1999 our efforts in improving our Town, its services and our financial condition continued 
with success. The highlights of the past year reflect a number of accomplishments and the 
ongoing efforts of the Town administration to improve our community. These highlights include 
the following: 

• The Center School was brought on line in September of 1999 for the first day of classes in 
the new school year. This facility goes a long way in addressing the growth that has occurred 
at the elementary level. The next challenge that awaits our response is the enrollment issues 
at the middle school and high school levels as well as the program needs at our schools and 
the maintenance of the existing buildings. A committee of residents, school officials and 
town officials has been working towards development of a plan that will address these 
matters over the next decade. A report of the Committee will be presented in mid-2000. 

• The Library expansion is nearly complete, as this Annual Report is prepared and should be 
ready for occupancy by March of 2000. The building will be fully accessible and finally 
have collection and study space for a community of our size. 



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The designs for the new Police Station are nearly complete and the project should be out to 
bid by February of 2000. The facility will replace the existing structure that is woefully 
deficient in space for our department, which has grown and changed since the building was 
constructed nearly forty years ago. 



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In January of 1999 a Traffic Forum was held that gave residents and Town Officials an 
opportunity to discuss traffic-related problems throughout the Town. The forum was one 
aspect in the drafting of a Traffic Action Plan, which is being implemented by the Town 
Administration. The Plan includes increased enforcement efforts by the Police Department, 
investigative and engineering efforts upon selected traffic hot spots, educational efforts, and 
interactive communication tools with residents to allow for reports of problems areas and 
explanation of traffic control policies. Specific intersections and areas of work include 
Byam/Locust Streets, Gay Street, Maple/ Acton Roads, Vinal Square, Golden Cove Road and 
Worthen Street. Major efforts are underway to obtain state approval of signalization on 
North Road at Dalton Road and at Parkhurst and Davis Roads. Finally, design plans moved 
forward for traffic plans for Central Square during 1999, including a 25% public hearing. 
This project received state approval and a funding commitment during 1998. It is anticipated 
that the project which includes signalization, channelization, pedestrian improvements and 
landscaping and beautification efforts. 

A key component in addressing the Town's traffic problems is the widening of Route 3 
which will help relieve congestion and cut through traffic during peak hours. After years of 
lobbying by Chelmsford and other municipalities the State devised and passed into law a plan 
to widen this roadway beginning in 2000. The Town has been and will remain involved in 
the oversight of the project to insure that the construction of the roadway has minimal 
adverse impact upon Chelmsford. In addition, the project includes the elimination of the 
Drum Hill rotary, which will be replaced with a deck structure, and a series of signals. The 
Town has developed its own design of an alternative plan for this area, which includes three 
more separated signals than the proposed state plan. 

Over the last several years, and particularly in 1999, the Town has experienced water 
problems within the three districts that serve our community. In an effort to better 
understand the issues of water and possible improvements we contracted with SEA 
Consultants, Inc. for a water study to consider questions of water quantity and quality as well 
as the management of this vital resource. The findings of this analysis with 
recommendations will be complete in the spring of 2000. 

In 1999 we also moved forward with an operational review of our Department of Public 
Works. This study supports our commitment to the continuous improvement of municipal 
services. The study focuses upon the staffing, structure and procedures of the DPW. The 
report from the MMA Consulting Group will be completed in the spring of 2000. 

With increased use of cable technology for video, Internet and phone service the Town has 
received requests for more options and choices. As a result we have moved forward in 1999 
to seek competition and alternatives to our existing provider. To this end we have sought and 
received a proposal from RCN Telecomm Services, Inc. to provide cable services to the 
Town residents. Negotiations will begin in early 2000 with a license issued later in the year. 



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• The Town began to work cooperatively in 1999 with the Chelmsford Housing Authority in 
an effort to maintain and increase our supply of affordable housing. As a result of these 
efforts new elderly units are proposed for Richardson Rd. and funds set aside from a 
development on Technology Drive to build more units on Housing Authority property. 
Discussions are ongoing to work in partnership in administering our affordable home 
ownership opportunities. 

• In 1999 we also moved forward with projects that enhance our recreation facilities and 
services. Funding was obtained for the construction of a skateboard park at the McCarthy 
School and the rebuilding of the tennis and basketball courts at the South Row School. We 
have also worked cooperatively with a neighborhood group that seeks to build a playground 
at Varney Park. All of these projects will be completed and ready for use by late spring or 
early summer of 2000. We also provided some assistance to the South Row School PTO in 
building a playground and anticipate working with the By am and Harrington PTO's on 
similar efforts in the future. In 1999 we also began a Middle School Activity Program 
(MAP) which includes an after school component as well as programs for evening and 
vacations. 

• The newly named and controlled Chelmsford Forum completed its first full year of operation 
with great success. Physical improvements have been made throughout the facility including 
new energy savings ceiling, dehumidification equipment, new heating in the stands, interior 
and exterior painting, refurbished locker rooms and an improved concession area. The 
management firm, Facility Management Company, made these improvements as part of the 
overall service agreement; and operated and programmed the facility to outstanding reviews. 
The Town also received in excess of the $50,000 minimum fee with such funding set aside 
for future major capital items. The Chelmsford Country Club had a similarly good year 
though total rounds of play did not meet expectations as a result of construction projects at 
the course and some difficult weather conditions during the season. However, the course is 
in improved condition with a new fairway on hole #7, the completion of the irrigation system 
and maintenance building, and the start of a new fairway on hole #8 which should be ready 
for play in the Spring of 2000. We did see an increase in play during the last quarter of 1999, 
which indicates positive trends for 2000 and beyond. Despite the level of play the Town did 
receive its $50,000 fee from Sterling Golf Management Co. and its $16,000 rent for the 
restaurant and function hall. 

• In response to the growing issue of school and teen violence a task force and forum was 
convened in conjunction with the School Superintendent. Through this effort a dialogue was 
initiated between numerous groups within the Town including police, school staff, clergy, 
parents, youth, recreation and fire personnel. The goal of the effort is to understand the 
scope of the problem in Chelmsford and to develop proactive programs and reactive plans to 
minimize the potential for problems but insure proper response if it occurs. This project will 
continue into 2000. 



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• Finally, 1999 saw the culmination of all of the concern surrounding the Y2K computer 
problem. I am happy to report that we encountered no problems as a result of moving into 
the year 2000. We did however plan extensively for the potential that existed for problems 
with our own computers and that of other service providers including utilities. We obtained 
an additional insurance policy that included a Y2K audit that found us to be among one of 
the most prepared communities in Massachusetts. While the Y2K issue turned out to be 
insignificant I believe the process of preparation and review to be invaluable in fine-tuning 
our emergency preparedness and increasing the teamwork of our management team. 

I expect that 2000 will be a similarly good year for the Town with continued activity by the 
Town Government to deliver first rate services at minimal cost. 

As always, I want to thank the members of the Board of Selectmen for their direction and 
support during 1998 including Bill Dalton, Philip Eliopoulos, Michael McCall, Thomas Moran 
and Stuart Weisfeldt. I also want to recognize and thank the Department managers and town 
employees for their dedication and efforts. In particular, I want to thank the staff of the 
Executive Office, which has included John Coderre, Janet Murphy, Marian Currier and Jeanne 
Parziale. 

In closing, let me thank all of the citizens of Chelmsford for the opportunity to work on your 
behalf as your Town Manager. I look forward to continuing the direction in which we are 
heading in making Chelmsford an even better community. 



Bernard Lynch 
Town Manager 



Accounting Department 



Members: 

Jean Sullivan 
Pamela Amalfi 
Patricia Tucker 
Kimberly McCarthy 



Town Accountant 
Assistant to Town Accountant 
Principal Clerk 
Payroll Coordinator 



During fiscal year 1999, the Accounting Department continued to closely work with all 
departments in the processing of vendor / employee payments in a timely manner and within 
approved budget constraints. 

The measure of success within the department is from the continual excellent reviews received 
from the certified public accounting firm. 



Board Of Assessors 



The escalating real estate market continues to keep the Board busy in maintaining fair and 
equitable values as required by the Department of Revenue. By performing interim assessments 
the taxpayer benefits if there is an increase in the property value. This practice helps lessen the 
impact when a full revaluation is done every three years. 

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The FY2000 tax rate was $17.34. 

The Board wishes to thank our staff, Eric Josephson, Assistant Assessor, Nancy Maher, 
Administrative Asst, Elaine McBride, and Elaine Myers for their continued dedication in 
making the year go smoothly. 



Respectfully submitted 

Diane Phillips, MAA, Chairman 

Bruce A. Symmes , CMA, RMA, MAA 



Board Of Health 



MEMBERS 

Douglas Hausler Chairman 

Dr. Paul Canniff, Vice Chairman 

Peter Dulchinos, Clerk 

EMPLOYEES 

Richard J. Day, Director 

John P. Emerson, Asst. Director 

Diana L. Wright, Dept. Asst. 

Judith Dunigan, Town Nurse 

Eric P. Kaplan, M. D., Town Physician 

Septage and Wastewater Abatement Program 

In 1999 the Septage and Wastewater Abatement Program continued its efforts to clean up our 
waterways. The Board of Health, with the advent of a central sewer system in Chelmsford is now 
embarking on enforcement activities to insure compliance with local by-laws which will insure a 
safe water supply. Dye testing, water sampling and issuance of septic system permits will 
continue in all the non-sewered areas. 

Administration and Management 

Income for various services and permits was $21,835. During 1998 the department made 
inspections of day care centers, rental housing units, public schools, non-profit camps, bathing 
beaches International Certificates and all restaurants and retail food stores. 

Hazardous Waste and Industrial Wastewater Program 

Richard J. Day, Director of Public Health, was re-appointed Hazardous Waste Coordinator and 
Municipal Coordinator to enforce the "Right-to-Know" law for Chelmsford. The Board of Health 
held two Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days this year which were held on May 8, 
1999 and November 6, 1999. This program has consistently collected significant volumes of 
hazardous waste. 



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Rabies Control 

1 999 was another productive year in controlling the spread of rabies in the Town of Chelmsford. 
The Board of Health, working with two local veterinarians established a program to offer 
affordable vaccine for the unprotected cat and dog population in town. 

Title V 

The Board of Health is continuing to work on developing programs to control the effects of the 
new Title V regulation on the residents still on septic systems. 

Communicable Disease Program 

Thirty -two reports of the following diseases were completed during 1999 for the Massachusetts 

Department of Public Health: 

Campylobacter Enteritis 7 Pertussis 2 

E.Coli 1 Salmonella 3 

Giardiasis 3 TB (active) 2 

Hepatitis B 5 Trichinosis 1 

Hepatitis C 6 Viral Meningitis 1 

Lyme Disease 1 Yersinia 2 

The testing of persons exposed to tuberculosis and those persons whose employment require 
certification of freedom from that disease is another responsibility of the Town Nurse. One- 
hundred sixty-two Mantoux (TB) tests were given to persons as required for pre-employment, 
college and also to household contacts of active cases in compliance with the Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health regulations. Home visits and telephone calls are made to families of 
active and some inactive tuberculosis cases on a periodic basis to insure understanding of the 
illness and that adequate medical follow-up is achieved. Numerous medical records are kept and 
updated on residents who have a positive mantoux (TB) test and are receiving medication 
prophylactically and being followed radiologically at the Lowell Chest Clinic. When necessary, 
TB testing is done at places of business if employees are exposed to an active case of TB. 

Immunization Program 

The Board of Health sponsored two flu clinics this year. One hundred fifty -two persons were 
immunized with pneumonia vaccine and one-thousand four-hundred ninety were immunized 
with flu vaccine at clinics. An additional one-thousand five-hundred thirty doses were given to 
nursing homes and physicians offices. Four visits were made to handicapped or house-bound 
residents. A combined total of three-thousand twenty flu doses were allocated to Chelmsford 
Board of Health. 

One-hundred eighty immunizations were administered to adults and students in compliance with 
the Massachusetts Immunizations Laws and prophlatically to residents traveling to 
underdeveloped countries. 

Hepatitis B vaccine, school based program, was continued this year. Sixth, seventh and eighth 
grade immunizations were administered at school and ninth through twelfth grade were 
administered at the Board of Health office. A total of two-hundred ninety-one doses were 
administered. This also included the Charter School. 



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Hypertension Screening Program 

Blood pressure screenings for residents are held the first Thursday of every month from 9:00 to 
12:00 at the Board of Health, Town Offices. Four-hundred thirty-eight residents attended the 
screenings. 

Lead Paint Screening Program 

The Board of Health offers lead paint testing for children between the ages nine months and six 
years. Residents may call the Board of Health at 250-5243 and make an appointment with the 
nurse. Fifteen children were screened for lead paint. 

Other screenings offered by the Board of Health include cholesterol. Dates of these programs 
will be advertised in advance. 

World AIDS Day December 1 st 

AIDS cases are still on the increase in third world countries. AIDS flags were displayed in 
Chelmsford Center the end of November through early December. This serves as a reminder of 
those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. 

Health Fair/Health Screenings 

Either a Health Fair or several Health Screenings will be held in conjunction with Westford 
every other year, finances permitting. Date and location will be announced in newspapers. 



Board Of Registrars 



Members: 

Judith A. Olsson 

Richard F. Burtt, Chairman 

Martha D. Doukszewicz 

Sandra A. Kilburn, Departmental Assistant 

Mary E. St.Hilaire, Ex Officio 

Voting Strength as of December 31, 1999 Enrolled Voters: 



22 



Precincts 


1 


2 


3 


4 


5 


6 


7 


S 


9 


TOTAL 


Democrats 


643 


613 


630 


613 


601 


653 


545 


613 


522 


5433 


Republicans 


401 


271 


303 


321 


384 


366 


357 


369 


384 


3153 


Unenrolled 


1399 


1189 


1528 


1280 


1515 


1441 


1457 


1297 


1387 


12493 


Libertarian 


7 


11 


5 


7 


8 


4 


5 


4 


3 


54 


Inter. 3rd Party 


1 


2 


1 


1 


4 








2 


2 


13 


Reform 


1 


4 





3 





1 


1 


3 


1 


14 


Rainbow Coalition 


2 





1 











1 


1 





5 


Conservative 


























1 


1 


Natural Law Party 
































Socialist 











1 














1 


2 


Greenparty USA 

















1 











1 


New Alliance 
































New World Cocil. 
































Prohibition 
































We the People 
































TOTAL 


2454 


2090 


2468 


2223 


2512 


2466 


2366 


2289 


2301 


21169 



Building Inspector 



Members: 

Anthony F. Zagzoug, Inspector of Buildings 
Kenneth W. Kleynen, Plumbing & Gas Inspector 
Elaine M. Casey, Department Assistant 



Joseph P. Shaw, Local Inspector 
Dennis P. Kane, Wire Inspector 



The Inspections Department has been very busy enforcing Town and State Building Codes, 

handicap accesses/compliance, home occupations, signs, code and zoning regulations. 

There were 30 new single family dwellings, one 24 unit dwelling, and 15 new commercial 

buildings. 



Type of Permit 


# of Permits Issued 


Total Fees 


Building Permits 


722 


$323,825.00 


Wire Permits 


1,759 


$98,541.00 


Plumbing & Gas Permits 


2,044 


$30,258.00 


Total 


4,525 


$452,624.00 



Other fees (not included above) for weights and measures, yard sales, signs and Certificates of 
Inspection were $8,965.00. Total fees collected by the Inspections Department for FY99 was 
$461,589.00. 

I would like to thank all of the personnel in the Inspections Department, and all other Town 
personnel for their cooperation and support during the year 



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MIS Deparment 



Members: 

Larry Holt, MIS Coordinator 
Mike Scavezze, Summer Intern 

The primary focus of the MIS department in 1999 was completing the Y2K upgrades. The last 
of the major software concerns, ADP payroll system and Vision's assessor's software, were 
upgraded in the summer of 1999. In the fall of 1999, all computers, software, and all other 
equipment containing micro processing chips were inventoried and the vendors contacted for 
Y2K compliance. Chelmsford then had a town wide audit done for our Y2K readiness by an 
outside consultant. We received their top rating. Furthermore, of all communities audited in 
Massachusetts by them, Chelmsford was the most prepared for Y2K. 

The MIS department added a summer intern in 1999, Mike Scavezze. Mike's primary purpose 
was to do a complete overhaul of the town's web pages. In August the new pages were 
displayed to many positive compliments from the citizens of Chelmsford. The town's web site 
can be found at townhall.chelmsford.ma.us. 

As part of the network redesign, all file servers have been standardized on Windows NT Server 
4.0. The town office's computer file systems have been reorganized, software upgraded, and 
staff trained. After these improvements and upgrades each office runs smoother and more 
efficiently. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Larry Holt, MIS Coordinator 



Office of Emergency Management 



Members 

Walter R. Hedlund, Director 

John E. Abbott 

Walter J. Adley 

J. Bradford Cole 

Chelmsford Emergency Management (CEMA) volunteers were active during the Year 1999, 
attending many seminars on Y2K planning, hazardous materials spills, and response to terrorism. 

CEMA members wish to thank all Department Heads, Town Manager, and Board of Selectmen 
and their personnel for their efforts and assistance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Walter R. Hedlund 

Emergency Coordinator 



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Public Library 



Adams Library 

25 Boston Road 

Anna C. MacKay Memorial Library 

43 Newfield Street, North Chelmsford 

Library Trustees 

Margaret E. Marshall, Chair 
Stephen J. Mallette, Vice-Chair 
Elizabeth A. McCarthy, Treasurer 
Kathryn M. Fisher, Secretary 
John W. Cutter 
Richard E. DeFreitas 
Jaclyn D. Matzkin 

Adams Library Renovation and Expansion 

The library staff continued to offer full library service in the temporary library in the lower level 
of the Town Offices. The move back to the new building began on December 13, 1999. This 
ended the library's 25 month occupancy in the gymnasium of the Town Offices building. The 
library is expected to be complete early in the year 2000. 

Circulation 

During 1999, the library circulated 337,072 items including books, magazines, compact disks, 
videos, cassettes, CD-ROMs, and museum passes. In addition, library users requested and 
received 9,820 through interlibrary loan. Use of interlibrary loan by library patrons increased 
63% over 1998. The Circulation Department continued it delivery program to assisted living 
residences and nursing homes. 

Reference Department 

The reference staff documented 10,739 walk-in and telephone reference transactions. Electronic 
resources, in-house and remote, are expanding traditional reference services. Patrons logged in 
and conducted a total of 17,171 searches using the on-line periodical database. The end result: 
6,176 full text articles were retrieved. Other electronic resources available are medical, legal, 
business databases, the Boston Globe, Electric Library and Contemporary Authors. 

Children's Department 

Three thousand and sixteen children and their caregivers attended story times. During Children's 
Book Week in November, the first grade classes at the Center School visited the Library. Over 
800 Children participated in the Summer Reading Program. The Massachusetts Department of 
Education through the Community Partnerships for Children funded 7 special children's 
performances which were attended by 587 children and adults. The Children's Department 
celebrated Dr. Seuss' Birthday with a party on March 2 nd . The Friends of the Library sponsored 
two special programs during the February and April school vacations. 

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Community Services 

The Community Service Department continued programming and community activities 
throughout the year. More energy was put into reaching out to the community on the library's 
web page. The library is now receiving reference questions from around the world via our web 
page. Programming included the annual Summer Job Fair and Employment Workshop; poetry 
slams, Book Discussions and the Summer Music on the Lawn series at the MacKay Library. The 
Young Writers met monthly. 

The Library supported the town's 24 Hour Relay Challenge event this year by redesigning a new 
web page for the program and maintaining it. 

Anna C. MacKay Memorial Library 

The MacKay Library staff offered 132 programs that were attended by 1,254 children and 219 
adults. Programs include story /craft times, book discussion, humor workshops and a birthday for 
Dr. Seuss. One hundred and ninety -eight children participated in the Summer Reading Program. 

The Friends of the Library 

The Friends of the Library (Marti Michaud, President) continued to sponsor programs for 
children during school vacation. The Friends participated in the Town's Fourth of July 
celebration and the Friends float won first prize in the parade. The Friends sponsored a 
successful Walkathon in September. 

The Friends began preparation for their annual book sale in the fall. Madeleine Needles, Book 
sale chairperson, received permission to use the Fiske House Barn to store books during the year. 
The Book sale Committee schedules monthly book drops, sorts and prices books. At the end of 
1999, there were approximately 1,400 members and membership continues to grow. 

The Friends support enhances services in all departments is appreciated by patrons and staff. 

Library Endowment Committee 

The Committee continued its fundraising efforts and solicitations during the year. The Library 
Endowment Committee surpassed its $500,000 goal. The Endowment Funds will be used to 
purchase furnishings and upgrade finishes in the new library building. 

Statistical Report 

Circulation: 337,072 

Reference Questions: 10,739 

Materials Added to Collections: 8,883 

Moneys deposited with the Town Treasurer: 1 3 , 1 40.23 



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Library Personnel 

Director: Mary E. Mahoney 

Assistant Director: Nanette Eichell 

Head of Reference: Deborah Perlow 

Circulation: Linda Robinson 

Children's Librarian: Cheryl Zani 

Assistant Director of Electronic Resources: Barbara Morrison 



Branch Librarian: Maureen Foley 
Technical Services: Christopher Kupec 
Community Services: Katherine Cryan-Hicks 
Maintenance: John Reslow 



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Left-Right: Stephen Mallette, Richard DeFreitas, John Cutter, Elizabeth McCarthy, Margaret Marshall, 

Kathryn Fisher, Jaclyn Matzkin 



Recreation Commission 



Members: 

Harry Ayotte 
Robert Charpentier 
Paul Murphy 
Holly Rice 
Janice Ruell 



Holly Rice, Recreation Director 

Sandra Hall, Senior Clerk 

Deborah Lashley, Youth Programs Coordinator 

Meetings: First Monday of each month. 



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The Recreation Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Town Manager. 
The primary reason of the commission is to support and make recommendations to continuously 
improve and expand the recreational opportunities offered to the Chelmsford community. 

The Recreation Department offered over 400 self-supporting programs throughout the year. 
Some of the successful programs organized in 1999 include day trips, ski programs, craft classes, 
dance lessons, art lessons, science programs and much more. The Recreation Department will 
continue to develop programming in response to the growing and changing needs of all 
populations within the Town of Chelmsford. Recreation programs will be advertised in the 
Chelmsford Community Newsletter which is mailed during the months of April, August and 
December. 

The commission would like to welcome Deborah Lashley who has been hired as part-time Youth 
Programs Coordinator for the Recreation Department. 

Last year the Recreation Department met our goal and proudly introduced M.A.P, Middle School 
Activities Program. Deborah Lashley, Youth Programs Coordinator, developed an after school 
drop-in center for middle school students. Transportation from each middle school to M.A.P 
located in the Community Center has been arranged for all middle school students. Students 
enjoy ping-pong, computer games, board games, creating the M.A.P. newsletter, friends, time to 
finish homework and so much more. In addition to the after school drop-in center M.A.P. offers 
additional programs and events including dances, movie & pizza nights, health programs, arts & 
crafts and more. We have over 300 members and our membership is still growing. 

The Town of Chelmsford voted to build a skateboard park near the McCarthy Middle School. 
We plan to complete the skateboard park by Spring 2000. 

The Recreation Commission was grieved by the death of Ted Lekas, Recreation Commission 
member. He will be remembered for his devotion to the citizens of the Town of Chelmsford. 

We are most thankful to all residents whose support, dedication and involvement contributed to 
the success of the 1999 Recreation Department program. 



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Recycling Committee 



Members 

Peter Nelson, Chairperson 

Rick Conti 

Mark Gallagher 

Marc Grant 

Nancy Kaelin 

Johanna Morse 

Barbara Scavezze, Recycling/Waste Coordinator 

The Town of Chelmsford contracted for the following services for residents, funded by taxes: 
weekly collection of solid waste, the biweekly collection of recyclables, and four curbside leaf 
collections which were held May 15, November 6 and 20, and December 4. The Town disposed 
of 14,792 tons of solid waste, recycled 4,772 tons, and composted approximately 1,020 tons of 
yard waste, for a 24.4% recycling/composting rate. The Town fulfilled the requirements for the 
Massachusetts Municipal Recycling Incentive Program, which provides an incentive payment 
based on the amount of recyclables collected in our curbside program. 

The Chelmsford Recycling Committee held brush drop-offs at Community Tree on April 10 and 
October 16. The CRC also held drop-offs on June 6 and September 26 for metal (which was 
recycled), furniture and household goods (which were donated to the Massachusetts Coalition for 
the Homeless), clothing (which was donated to Goodwill Industries), electronics (which were 
recycled) and tires (which were recycled). The CRC held the annual Town- Wide Litter Clean 
Up on May 1 . Volunteers picked up litter from conservation land, school yards, road shoulders, 
and illegal dump sites, and gathered afterwards for a picnic at the Elks Lodge. 

The Town initiated a program to reduce the use of toxic products by Town employees. Weston 
& Sampson was hired to inventory hazardous/toxic products used in all Town buildings, prepare 
a Toxic Use Reduction plan, and provide "Right-to-Know" training on hazardous material 
handling to Town employees. As a result of the inventory, the Town hired General Chemical to 
remove unwanted & outdated toxic products from Town buildings. The annual recycling and 
trash flyer was produced and mailed to all residents. This flyer included the recycling schedule, 
and detailed the proper methods, timing and places for disposal of various types of recyclable 
material and solid waste. This type of information was also prepared for inclusion in the 
Community Newsletter and the "Chelmsford Recycles" web page. 

Prepared by Barbara Scavezze 



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Sewer Commission 



1999 marked the beginning of construction for the final phase (Phase 4) of the Chelmsford 
Sewer Project. Phase 4 encompasses the western half and the extreme eastern part of the Town, 
as well as a few scattered neighborhoods. This phase will sewer approximately 3,600 residences 
and construct approximately 69 miles of sewers phased over the next 7-9 years. Construction for 
Phase 4A (Northwest Chelmsford and Miscellaneous Northwest Chelmsford Lateral Sewer 
Projects) began this past summer. 

At the peak of construction season this year, there were as many as eight (8) construction crews 
active on any given day. Construction in the Northgate Road and Abbott Lane areas was 
successfully completed by summer. Construction of the Hart Pond Area Lateral Sewer Project is 
nearing completion, and the East Chelmsford Lateral Sewer Project is at 55% completion. 

The Commission was pleased to learn that its Chairman, John P. (Jack) Emerson, received the 
1999 Water Environment Federation (WEF) Collection Systems Award. The WEF is comprised 
of over 41,000 environmental professionals from the United States, Canada, Latin America, 
Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Each year this award is given to a 
WEF member in recognition of their outstanding efforts in the planning, management, design, 
administration, operation or maintenance of wastewater collection systems. This is only the 
second time the award has been given to a member from New England. 

Mr. Emerson was honored by the WEF on October 12, 1999, in New Orleans. The award 
recognized Mr. Emerson's contributions over 19 years as the major working and motivational 
force behind the planning, design and construction of Chelmsford's $109,000,000 Sewer Project. 

The Commission received an honor when the New England Water Environment Association 
(NEWEA) invited our Vice Chairman, Barry B. Balan, to present a technical paper at a regional 
conference. Mr. Balan and Steven K. Pedersen, P.E., Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc., were 
asked to present their paper entitled "Horizontal Directional Drilling In Environmentally 
Sensitive Areas As Part Of The Chelmsford, MA, Municipal Sewer Project" at NEWEA's 
Annual Conference on January 25, 2000. This paper explains the design considerations leading 
to trenchless technology methods, the various trenchless alternatives evaluated, the selected 
alternative, and an overview of the sewer installations achieved using this technique to cross 
wetlands in Chelmsford. 



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Front Row: Amy Baron, Evelyn Newman, John P. Emerson, Jr., Chairman and Barry B. Balan, Vice 

Chairman 
Back Row: Commissioners John F. Souza, George F. Abley, Clerk and Richard J. Day 



Evelyn Newman, Departmental Assistant for the Chelmsford Sewer Commission, will be retiring 
in March 2000. The Commission would like to take this opportunity to offer our most sincere 
thanks to Mrs. Newman for her many years of diligent service to the residents of Chelmsford. 
Since 1986, Mrs. Newman has given friendly and patient guidance to those residents calling or 
visiting our office. 



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The Commission also wishes to acknowledge the rest of our administrative staff, Jacqueline 
Sheehy and Amy Baron, for their hard work, professionalism and patience. The Sewer Division 
of the Department of Public Works shares their multifaceted duties, and they are the individuals 
who interface with the public on a daily basis. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHELMSFORD SEWER COMMISSION 

John P. Emerson, Jr., Chairman 
Barry B. Balan, Vice Chairman 
George F. Abely, Clerk 
Richard J. Day 
John F. Souza 



Town Clerk 



Mary E. St.Hilaire, CMC,CMMC, Town Clerk 
Elizabeth L. Delaney, Assistant Town Clerk 
Raymonde R. Legrand, Senior Clerk 
Bernadette Gilet, PT. Clerk 



Sporting Licenses 646 

Dog License 3 1 75 

Kennel Licenses 9 



Births (Inc) 


435 


Deaths 


292 


Marriages 


180 


Intentions 


182 



Only one election was held in 1999. It was the Annual April Town Election There was one 
session of the Spring Town Meeting and two sessions of the Fall Town Meeting. 



Treasurer / Tax Collector 



Members 

Charles F. Mansfield, 
Carol R. Lambert, 
Bettie A. Osborne, 
Judith A. Olsson, 
Pat Britton, 
Anna M. Griffin, 



Finance Director/Treasurer/Collector 

Assistant Treasurer 

Departmental Assistant 

Legal Clerk 

Data Processing Clerk 

Accts. Payable/Receivable Clerk 



Aided by an improved economy and conservative budgeting practices, the town's financial 
position has improved significantly in fiscal year 1999. Property taxes provide the majority of 
revenues and current collections have increased in the fiscal year due to continued aggressive 
collection procedures. 

Chelmsford ended the fiscal 1999, with a General Fund balance was $5.3 million 

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(8.3% of General Fund revenues) in addition to maintaining a healthy Stabilization Fund of $4.7 
million (7.4% of General Fund revenues). Town officials intend to continue to add to the 
Stabilization Fund to defray debt service and capital expenditures. 

The Town has improved its long-term financial position through the preparation and adherence 
to five-year fiscal forecasts and strategic planing. These forecasts and planning addresses 
operating costs, debt, facility needs, and financial reserves. 

Sincerely, 

Charles F. Mansfield 

Finance Director/Treasurer/Tax Collector 



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PUBLIC SAFETY 



Police Department 



I herein respectfully submit for your information and review the Annual Report of the Police 
Department for the year 1999. At the present time, the Department is made up of 61 permanent 
Officers. 



CHIEF OF POLICE 

Raymond G. McCusker 

LIEUTENANTS 

Steven A. Burns 
James F. Murphy 
Francis X. Roark 
Scott R. Ubele 



SERGEANTS 

Daniel J. Ahern - K-9 
Paul E. Cooper 
Philip R. Dube 
J. Ronald Gamache 
John A. Roark 
E. Michael Rooney 
Edward F. Smith 
Colin C. Spence 
John O. Walsh 



BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES/INSPECTORS 



Detective Sergeant Timothy F. O'Connor 
James T. Finnegan 
Jared S. Finnegan 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFICER/INSPECTOR 

Roland E. Linstad 



Gail F. Hunter 
Brian F. Mullen 
George A. Tyros 

JUVENILE OFFICER/INSPECTOR 

Kenneth R. Duane 



CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER/INSPECTOR 

Jeffrey J. Bemier 

TRAFFIC DIVISION/COMMUNITY RESPONSE UNIT 

Sgt. Francis P. Kelly 
Richard A. Adams 
Patrick W. Daley 
David M. Leo 



DEPARTMENT CRIMINAL PROSECUTOR / 
LOWELL DISTRICT COURT 

Sergeant Robert M. Burns 



David F. MacKenzie, Jr 
Robert J. Murphy, Jr. 
Paul E. Richardson 
Ernest R. Woessner 



MOTOR CYCLE PATROL UNIT 

Timothy B. Bourke 
James M. Spinney, Jr. 

D.A.R.E. OFFICER 

Richard D. Hallion 



David R. Tine 
Craig E. Walsh 



PATROL OFFICERS 

Todd D. Ahern 
Jeffrey A. Blodgett 
Bruce A. Darwin 
Jennifer L. Fay 
Stephen M. Fredericks 



Peter C. McGeown 
Edward F. Quinn 
John E. Redican, III 
Chandler J. Robinson 
Anthony Spinazola 



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Francis J. Goode, Jr. Sean F. Swift 

Gary A. Hannagan Jonathan P. Tays 

Michael A. Horan Francis P. Teehan 

Russell H. Linstad Robert J. Trudel 

Andrew N. Lopilato William R. Walsh 

Rebecca A. McCarthy Gary R. White 

John J. McGeown Christopher D. Zaher 

FULL TIME CIVILIAN DISPATCHERS 

Gloria E. Dube Frederick F. Flynn, Jr. 

Robert A. Caron, Jr. Francis P. Kelly, Jr. 

David J. DeFreitas Kevin R. Proulx 

Richard Demers William H. Vaughan 
Kim T. Enwright 

DEPARTMENTAL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CLERKS 

Mary Jane Grant Donna Fox 



SENIOR CLERK 

Diane M. Morgan 



Lynne M. Tessier 



RECEIPTS TURNED OVER TO THE TOWN 

Permits, fines, and fees $ 58,256.48 

Lowell District Court Revenue 9,605.00 

Registry of Motor Vehicles Disbursements 132,737.50 

Total $200,598.98 

BREAKDOWN OF ARRESTS/CRIMES 

Adult Arrests 377 

Juvenile Arrests 37 

Total Arrests 414 

Whites Arrested 369 

Blacks Arrested 10 

Asians Arrested 14 

Unknowns Arrested 21 

Charges Logged Against Those Arrested 851 

DISPOSITION OF CASES 

Pending 856 

Continued 1 

Dismissed 70 

Default 11 

Guilty 115 

Placed on file 87 

Not Guilty 1 

Placed in ASAP 7 

Placed on Probation 8 

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Suspended Sentence 

Committed to Jail 

Continued without Finding 109 

Committed to D.Y.S 

Total Findings 1265 

MISCELLANEOUS STATISTICS 

Calls Answered by Cruisers 22,709 

Summons Served 285 

Accidents Reported 1,255 

Fatal Accidents 1 

Personal Injury Accidents 211 

Mileage of Cruisers 495,000 

Station Lockups 439 

Citations Issued 4,167 

Parking Violations Issued 253 

Restraining Orders Served 120 

Protective Custody 25 

Alarm Calls Responded to by Cruisers 2,190 



ACHIEVEMENTS 

The Chelmsford Police Department has realized impressive achievements in the past 12 months 
and are listed as follows: 

1 . Six new Patrol Officers were hired and trained at the Basic Police Academy. 

2. The Chelmsford Police Department was awarded the following Federal and State Grants 
for 1999: 

a. $300,000.00 Universal COPS Hiring Grant 

b. $ 42,000.00 State Community Policing Grant 

c. $ 13,000.00 State DARE Grant 

d. $ 10,000.00 State Juvenile Truancy Prevention Grant 

e. $ 5,000.00 State Stolen Car Prevention Grant 

Since 1995, the Police Department has been the recipient of numerous Grants. The 
monies received exceeds 1 .5 million dollars. 

3. The Traffic Unit was expanded by the reassignment of two Officers temporarily from the 

Community Response Unit. 

4. A new traffic speed board/traffic counter was purchased for education, enforcement and 

engineering purposes. This was purchased via Grant monies. 

5. Crime Mapping is 90% completed. 

6. The Mobile Production Command Center Vehicle was purchased, equipped, and is 

currently in operation. 

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7. The Police Department Web Page was expanded to include crime tips, safety tips, and 
e-mail capabilities. 

8. The new Police Facility is moving forward with an anticipated ground breaking date of 
July 2000. 

9. The Police Department conducted public seminars regarding Y2K issues and 
preparedness. A great deal of time, energy and money was spent to insure a smooth 
transition into the new millennium. 

RETIREMENTS 

1 . Officer John Donovan retired after 24 years of service to the Town. 

2. Officer John Redican, Jr. retired after 31 years of service to the Town. Officer Redican 
passed away July 4, 1999 after a brief illness. His friendship and smile will be missed by 
all. 

3. Chief Armand J. Caron retired after 34 years of service to the Town. Chief Caron rose up 
through the ranks serving as Chief of Police for five and one half years. 

The members of the Department wish the Officers and their families well and thank them for 
their dedication and sacrifices. 

MISSION STATEMENT 

We, the Chelmsford Police Department, in partnership with our community are committed to 
maintaining the peace, protecting life and property, and providing professional law enforcement 
and crime prevention services. We accept the challenge of reducing the fear of crime by the 
prevention of criminal activity. We shall provide these services with compassion, dignity, and a 
proficiency within the framework of the United States Constitution. To enhance the quality of 
life for all citizens, we will cooperate with other agencies and groups to resolve community 
concerns. To fulfill our mission, the Chelmsford Police Department will provide a supportive 
work environment that fosters the professional development of its members. 

Service will be our commitment.... 

Honor and Integrity our mandate. 

GOALS 

1 . To take occupancy of the new Police Facility in year 200 1 . 

2. To establish new community Internet links for better communication. 

3. To provide the youth of Chelmsford with the necessary skills to resist drugs and violence. 

4. To establish, in concert with the School Administrators, a comprehensive School 
Violence/Critical Incident Response Plan for each school. 

5. To establish a comprehensive Traffic Enforcement and Education Plan by working 
closely with the Town Engineer and other State and local agencies. 



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OBJECTIVE 

To provide the citizens of Chelmsford the safest community within the Commonwealth by 
education, enforcing the laws and eliciting community participation and cooperation. 

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Town Manager, the Board of Selectmen, 
and all sworn officials, departments and committees for the excellent cooperation given to the 
Police Department. 

I would also congratulate both sworn and non sworn personnel of this Department for 
outstanding performance of duty. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Chief Raymond G. McCusker 



Auxiliary Police Report 



This year was a very busy year for the Auxiliary Police Department. The unit assisted the 
regular force at dozens of motor vehicle accidents and assisted with fourteen town sponsored 
events. The men and women of the Auxiliary Police Unit donated a total of 12,723 man hours 
performing their assigned duties. Operation property check was once again a tremendous 
success keeping vandalism to a minimum. The statistics were: 

1998 1999 

Vacant House Checks 780 1,820 

School Property Checks 16,640 8,736 

Town Property Checks 18.766 17.472 

Total 36,186 28,028 

This preventative patrol saves property owners and the Town thousands of dollars annually by 
reducing malicious destruction. 

The Auxiliary once again sponsored the Law Enforcement Explorers Scout Post #370. We want 
to thank our former Scouts, who have gone on to college, and we wish them well in their future 
endeavors. 

This year I took over the position of Director of the Auxiliary Police from Chief Raymond 
McCusker, who held this position for 20 years. I will maintain the high standards set by him and 
work for even more improvements in the Auxiliary Unit. 

I would like to thank all members of the Auxiliary Unit for a smooth transition. All of their help 
and cooperation has been very inspirational. I look forward to serving with 



Respectfully submitted, 
Sergeant Francis P. Kelly 



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AUXILIARY ROSTER 

Caron, Robert A. 
Mark A. Cianci 
Doole, Steven 
Dupras, Daniel 
Elie, Richard C. 
Gormley, Elizabeth 
Hanscom, Jason P. 
Houston, Michael A. 
Juhola, Mark A. 
Kulisich, Peter D. 



Pacella, Corina 
Peal, Thomas 
Pearse, Michael C. 
Proulx, Kevin 
Ravanis, Peter J. 
Roscoe, Ralph 
Thomas, Matthew D. 
Tousignant, Leo 
Tyler, David W. 
Walsh, Kathleen A. 
Windhol, John 



Fire Department 



Activity for the Chelmsford Fire Department reached an all time high in calendar year 1999. 
Emergency calls totaled 4415, an increase of 162 calls over last year. Actual fire calls remained 
level with a slight decrease. Medical aid calls continued to grow at a rapid rate reaching 1975, an 
increase of 134 calls in 1999. 

Three firefighters retired this past year. William Hadley, Leo Martin and Michael McTeague. 
These men brought a great amount of experience and expertise to the job each and every day, 
which will be missed. I would like to wish them a successful and long retirement. 

Four new firefighters were hired on the 1 9th of July. William Amundson, Christopher Brothers, 
Jeffrey Cancella and Daniel Corey. They replaced the three firefighters listed above plus one 
firefighter that retired the end of last year. I wish them well in their new careers. 

Firefighter Daniel Manley was the first Chelmsford firefighter to attend and graduate from the 
Massachusetts Firefighting Academy recruit training program. This intense eleven week training 
program greatly enhances the skills of the firefighter and provides the department with highly 
trained individuals. We will continue to take advantage of this training and do anticipate sending 
four to six firefighters through the recruit training program in the upcoming year. 

Job related training continues to be a priority for this department. Water and ice rescue, 
explosive devices, driving and operating of fire apparatus, and violence in our schools have been 
focused on in great detail this past year. The department has also addressed the increasing 
demands of Emergency medical aid by continuing to provide a quality in-house emergency 
medical service training program and by capitalizing on new techniques and protocols. 

A new pumping engine was put into service this year. Engine 2, which will operate out of the 
North Fire Station, was purchased from New England Fire Apparatus. Purchasing a pumping 
engine of this type requires many hours of research and planning. The credit for this hard work 
goes to the truck committee that volunteered their time and energy. Many thanks go out to this 
committee made up of Deputy Michael Curran, James Keeley the Mechanic for the Fire 
Department, along with Firefighters John DePalma, Bill Jamer and William Hadley. 



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The fire service in Massachusetts was turned upside down when it was faced with the tragic fire 
in the City of Worcester on December 3rd. Because of the magnitude of this incident, fire 
departments from across the Commonwealth were called upon for assistance. Chelmsford Fire 
Department played a major role during this incident by providing command staff to the city, 
critical incident stress debriefing team members, engine companies to cover the City and 
additional firefighters to dig through the rubble in search of six missing Worcester firefighters. 
The citizens in Chelmsford can be proud of how this department, supported by town 
management, was able to offer their assistance and professional expertise to a City in desperate 
need of help. 

I would like to thank the Town Manager, the Board of Selectmen and all the other Town 
Departments, along with the members of the Chelmsford Fire Department and my office staff, 
for their help and cooperation over the past year. 

Respectfully Submitted 

John E. Parow 

Chief of Department 



Fire Departmental Personnel 



FIRE CHIEF 

John E. Parow 



DEPUTY CHIEF 

James A. Sousa 
Michael F. Curran 



CAPTAINS 

James M. Spinney 
James P. Boermeester 
Walter F. Adley 



Charles A. Schramm 
Michael Burke 



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FIREFIGHTERS 

William Amundson 
William Bacon 
Christopher Brothers 
William Cady 
David Campbell 
William Campbell 
JeffCancella 
Jack Carroll 
Anthony Cincevich 
David Clancy 
Kevin Clarke 
Mark Conlin 
Daniel Corey 
James Curran 
William Curran 
William Dalton 
John DePalma 
Michael Donoghue 
Bruce Donovan 
Donald Drew 
James Durkin 
Jesse Foster 
Daniel Funaro 
David Hadley 
William Hadley * 
Henry Houle 
William Jamer 



Dennis Keohane 
William Keohane 
John Kivlan 
Ray Kydd 
Cynthia Leczynski 
Daniel Manley 
Leo Manley 
Leo Martin * 
Michael McTeague * 
Leslie Merrill 
Richard Miller 
Edward Nolet 
Kevin O'Brien 
Marc Pare 
Donnie Peterson 
Daniel Reid, Sr. 
Daniel Reid, Jr 
James Reid. 
John Reid 
Michael Ridlon 
Rick Rivard 
John Robinson 
Gary Ryan 
George Ryan 
Kevin Sheehy 
Brian Stanton 
Daniel Ubele 



DEPT. ASSISTANT 

Martha A. DeSaulnier 



MECHANIC 

James Keeley 



♦retired in 1999 



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Fire Department Calls 



YR 


A 


B 





MA 


I 


S 


FA 


M 


TOTAL 


90 


80 


58 


119 


8 


645 


63 


142 


648 


1763 


91 


70 


57 


153 


18 


706 


1128 


76 


771 


2979 


92 


63 


39 


99 


19 


755 


983 


76 


821 


2855 


93 


59 


29 


103 


29 


758 


1193 


128 


885 


3184 


94 


88 


46 


100 


11 


842 


1142 


70 


1127 


3426 


95 


100 


52 


114 


28 


852 


953 


4 


1445 


3548 


96 


67 


66 


74 


14 


973 


1441 


3 


1609 


4247 


97 


56 


36 


97 


17 


808 


1406 





1724 


4144 


98 


50 


53 


113 


15 


780 


1399 


2 


1841 


4253 


99 


47 


40 


127 


23 


842 


1361 





1975 


4415 



D 

YR = YEAR 

A = AUTO FIRE 

B = BUILDING FIRE 

= OUTSIDE FIRE 
MA = MUTUAL AID 

1 = INVESTIGATION 
S = SERVICE 

FA = FALSE ALARM 
M = MEDICAL AID 



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Office Of The Dog Officer 



Citizen complaints answered 897 

Dogs picked up and taken to pound 74 

Dogs returned to owners 55 

Dogs adopted after 10 days 

Stray dogs disposed of at the Lowell Humane Society 19 

Road kills disposed of at the Lowell Humane Society 91 

Violation citations issued 8 

Animal bite reports 41 

Total miles traveled 12,939 

Dogs licensed for 1999 3,184 

Value of citation fines $300.00 

Other funds turned into the town $750.00 

It is a pleasure to report that citizen animal complaints answered have decreased by 33% as 
compared to 1998. Also, that dogs licensed annually show an increase. In the last several years 
the deer population in our Town and region has increased significantly. All residents should 
become familiar with the signs and symptoms of Lyme's disease, a disease carried by the deer 
tick. If bitten by a deer tick, humans can become infected. 

I would remind all pet owners that it is their responsibility to insure their pets are properly 
vaccinated. If you own a dog, it must be leashed or under your control at all times. 

I would like to thank the Town Manager, Board of Selectmen and all the members of the Police 
Department for all their support. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Franklin E. Warren 

Animal Control Officer 



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DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 

The Department of Public Works, created by the Town Charter is comprised of Divisions 
including the highway, engineering, recreation, public buildings, parks, public shade trees and 
the operation of the sanitary sewer system. 



Engineering Division 



Members: 

James E. Pearson, P.E. 
George LeMasurier 
Gail A. Hartwell 



Director & Town Engineer 
Assistant Town Engineer 
Departmental Assistant 



1999 was an extremely busy year for this division. Twenty -three (23) site plans along with six 
(6) subdivision plans and twenty-three (23) Approval Not Required Plans were reviewed. 
Thirty-two (32) construction sites were inspected for the Planning Board. 

This division provided layout, grades, technical assistance, and inspections for the Highway 
Division and for the subcontractors hired for the major reconstruction of Turnpike Road, a 
portion of North Road, Fletcher Street, and Dalton Road. The Engineering Division also 
responded to numerous tree and drainage concerns from residents of the town. 

Project Engineer, Jim Stanford left the Department in the fall for new job with the Town of 
Concord. We wish him well. 

Payrolls, expense vouchers and budgeting for all divisions except the Highway Division are 
performed in this office. 



Public Buildings 



Members: 

Theodore Godfrey 
Donald Guillemette 
Bernard Murphy 



Superintendent 
Maintenance Specialist 
Maintenance Specialist 



The Public Buildings Division maintains all public buildings in town. This division performs the 
everyday custodial duties as well as the updating of buildings to meet the ever-changing needs. 
This division also accommodates Board of Selectmen meetings, various town committees, 
commissions and multiple group meetings ensuring no conflicts with dates, times and meeting 
rooms. Snow removal during the winter months can also keep the staff very busy. 

Two Maintenance Specialists have been hired this year to replace positions left open due to 
retirement. Along with the daily duties performed, a systematic floor care program has been 
implemented. Other duties include furniture repair, mechanical repair, repair of ceilings, walls, 
woodwork and painting and general "handy work" around the various buildings. 



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This year's special projects at the Town Offices included: 

• New paint and carpeting in various rooms throughout the building 

• Additional restrooms were made handicapped accessible 

• New roofing 

• Added smoke detectors in two rear stairwells and one in the electric storage room 

• Installed a new main power supply for the fire alarm control panel 



Parks Division 



Members: 

Ed Jamros 
Randy Boisvert 



Groundskeeper 
Laborer 



The Parks Division maintains all parks, traffic islands, ballfields, playgrounds and commons in 
town. The grounds are groomed each spring and prepared for the heavy use each area receives 
during the year. This Division also prepares the Town Common for the annual July 4 
celebration as well as the cleanup and restoring of damaged areas resulting from an abundance of 
activities throughout the year. 

Special projects this year included: 

New lighting was installed at Southwell Park to facilitate night-time activities 

Benches were added at Varney Field and the fencing for the tennis courts was repaired 

A new flagpole was installed at South Common 

Fences at Strawberry Hill and McFarlin Fields were repaired 

A new parking lot was constructed at Robert's Field 

New outdoor signs were made for the Town Offices 

New fuel storage tanks were installed at the Chelmsford Country Club 

Also at the golf course, new tees were constructed for holes # 7 & 8 and the fairway on #7 
was rebuilt, raising the level of the turf using excess fill generated from the sewer project and 
drainage jobs about town. 

A special thanks goes to Charles and Jeanne Parlee who have offered to undertake significant 
improvements to the South Common. The Parlees have installed an irrigation system, seeding, 
lighting, and have pledged to upkeep the maintenance of the area. Coupled with the tree 
trimming and installation of the new flagpole, the Common's appearance will certainly be an 
improvement and a showpiece for the South Chelmsford neighborhood. 



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Sewer Division 



Members: 

Michael Vosnakis 
James Casparro 
Daniel Belkas 
Rick Rowsell 
Evelyn Newman 
Jacqueline Sheehy 
Amy Baron 
John Kobelenz 



Operations Supervisor 
Sewer Inspector 
Maintenance Mechanic 
Maintenance Mechanic 
Departmental Assistant 
Departmental Assistant 
Senior Clerk 
Safety Plumbing Inspector 



The Sewer Division continued to expand this year with the addition of 631 new sewer 
connections, bringing the total of on-line sewer users to 6634. The Abbott Lane pump station 
went online during this year bringing the total number of active pump stations to 19. Major work 
items this year include: 

• Grinders at Katrina and Southwell rebuilt 

• Wetwell cleaning at Katrina and Southwell 

• Progress Avenue pump overhauls 

The operations staff performs sewer connection inspections, maintenance, repairs, and upgrades 
of the sewer pumping stations and sewer lines as they become necessary. They also perform 
building grounds maintenance to the pump stations as well as any other duties that keep the 
collection system operating smoothly. 

The office staff handles all sewer betterments, sewer billing, phone inquiries, complaints and 
other related correspondence. They also perform clerical work for the Chelmsford Sewer 
Commission. 

There were some staffing changes this year. Mike Vosnakis took over as Operations Supervisor. 
Amy Baron filled the position as Senior Clerk left open by Irene Oczkowski's move to the 
Highway Division. Maintenance Mechanic, Rick Rowsell, another addition to our Division, 
comes to us from the Highway Division. 



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Highway Division 



Members: 
Administration: 
John Long 
Larry Ferreira 
Irene Oczkowski 

Drivers: 

Todd Chase 
David Eacrett 
Bryan Edwards 
David Irvine 
James Knight 
David Palmer 
Thomas Ryan 
David Tyler 
Paul Winegar 

Mechanics: 

John Ferreira, Lead Mechanic 
Richard Jensen 



Superintendent 
Foreman 
Principal Clerk 

Operators: 

Gary Beaulieu 
Audie Boudreau 
Joseph Eriksen 
Dennis Greenwood 
Raymond Maybury 



Laborer: 

Kenneth Burroughs 



Todd Chase left the Division in the fall to pursue a new career as owner/operator of a small 
company. We wish Todd success in his endeavors. 

The Highway Division maintains and improves all the streets, culverts, catch basins and 
manholes, street signs, traffic signs and traffic signals for approximately 230 miles of roadway. 
Additionally, the Highway Division clears the streets and public lots of snow and ice and assists 
the other departments with the division's equipment and expertise of the crew. The office 
maintains all financial records needed for the reporting, tracking, payments of all vouchers 
connected with the highway budgets - including General Expenses, Salaries, Snow and Ice, 
Massachusetts Chapter 90 Funding (road reconstruction or repair), Street Lighting and Capital 
Expenditures. 



Streets Resurfaced: 

Dalton Road 
Fletcher Street 
Steadman Street 
Monument Hill 
Summer Street 
Ledge Road 
Tremont Road 



Turnpike Road 
North Road 
Longview 
McCormack 
Stonehill Road 
Zeus Drive 



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All drains on the resurfaced streets were reconstructed prior to the resurfacing. Approximately 
13,550 L.F. of sidewalks were constructed on Dalton Road, Steadman Street and North Road. In 
addition, all drains in the sewered areas were reconstructed prior to the pavement overlay. 

The Highway Division helped with the construction of the Skateboard Park at McCarthy School, 
the Bridge Repair on Rt. 4 over the Russell Mill Pond, assisted with the reconstruction of the 
Chelmsford Country Club, constructed the two Soccer Fields at South Row School along with 
the Playground at South Row School, and the upper Parking Lot at Roberts Field. 

Closing: 

We thankfully acknowledge the East, Center, and North Water Districts for their ongoing 
cooperation, the Police and Fire Departments for their assistance, the Adopt-a-Park volunteers, 
and the Sewer Commission with whom future infrastructure improvements are coordinated. 

I would like to thank all the staff members for their dedication and professionalism in servicing 
the needs of the town and it's residents. 

Respectfully submitted, 

James E. Pearson, P.E. 

Director of Public Works 



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EDUCATION 



Public Schools School Committee 



The membership of the Chelmsford School Committee at the end of the 1999 calendar year 
included Mr. Tony Volpe, Chair; Mrs. Evelyn Thoren, Vice Chair; Mrs. Mary Jo Griffin, 
Secretary; Mrs. Judy Mallette, Member at Large; Mrs. Sheila Pichette, Member at Large; and 
Jennifer Lin, Student Representative. Central administration for the Chelmsford School 
Department included Dr. Richard Moser, Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Karen Mazza, Assistant 
Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; Mr. Bernie DiNatale, Director of Information 
and Technology Services; Mr. Robert Cruickshank, Business Manager; and Mrs. Dory Toppan, 
Director of Personnel. 

The most salient issue of importance to the future of the Chelmsford Schools during 1999 has 
been the on-going work of the Chelmsford Building Needs Committee (BNC). The BNC is a 
committee of town officials, school committee members, parents and school department staff 
who have been working with an architectural firm, Drummey Rosanne Anderson, Inc. for the 
purpose of analyzing the need for facility improvements to the Chelmsford Schools. 

The work of the BNC has been devoted to finding answers to three important questions. What 
can our school community expect with regard to enrollment projections over the next ten or more 
years and will our schools accommodate any expected increases at the elementary, middle and 
high school levels? What is the condition of our buildings with regard to important mechanical 
or structural systems: heating/ventilating, electrical, masonry, lighting, etc.? What is the quality 
of the educational environment in all of our buildings and are we providing an educational 
environment that is conducive to student learning for the years ahead? 



The BNC has concluded the enrollment 


projections 


for each level 


over the next seven years 


include: 










YEAR 


K-4 


5-8 


9- 12 


TOTAL 


1999-00 


2,300 


1,756 


1,610 


5,666 


2000-01 


2,313 


1,786 


1,694 


5,793 


2001-02 


2,366 


1,811 


1,713 


5,889 


2002-03 


2,430 


1,797 


1,757 


5,984 


2003-04 


2,467 


1,795 


1,716 


5,978 


2004-05 


2,523 


1,766 


1,748 


6,037 


2005-06 


2,527 


1,811 


1,771 


6,109 


2006-07 


2,512 


1,901 


1,754 


6,127 



The enrollment projections for the next seven years are modest when compared to the growth of 
other towns and cities in our area. However, an increase of 212 students at the elementary level, 
103 students at the middle school level, and 146 students at the high school level will result in 
significant stress on the space needs for our school buildings. The BNC is exploring long range 
alternatives to accommodate increased enrollment. Alternatives include additions/modifications 
to existing buildings and new school construction. The use of temporary classrooms at the 
elementary and middle school level is under consideration as a short-term solution to school 
overcrowding. 

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Drummey Rosanne Anderson, Inc. is completing specific recommendations with regard to the 
condition of our buildings and the quality of our educational space. It is apparent that substantive 
needs exist to improve the quality of our buildings. Our buildings have been very well 
maintained, but the age of our buildings, 25 - 40 years, dictates a structured maintenance and 
replacement schedule for future years. Many changes in education and the delivery of instruction 
to students warrant improvements to the educational environment of all our schools, particularly 
at McCarthy Middle School,a school that was originally built to house high school programs. 

The year 1999 also saw the return of Center Elementary School as one of five elementary 
schools in the Chelmsford School Department. Center Elementary School serves 453 elementary 
students for the 1 999-00 school year. It has provided additional space at the elementary school 
level to reduce class size for all elementary aged students. The school committee, staff and 
community have been very pleased with the architectural renovations of the building and most 
appreciative of the effort of the town in supporting Center Elementary School reconstruction. 

Many educational initiatives through 1999 have provided improved educational practice in all 
our schools. Curriculum and instruction projects, e.g. portfolio development in math and 
language arts, have provided a new and creative focus for the delivery of instruction to students 
at all levels. An infusion of computers and technology into our classrooms and labs continue to 
provide new avenues for teaching and learning. Important school based projects, e.g. block 
scheduling at Chelmsford High School, have contributed to quality education for Chelmsford 
students. 

The Chelmsford School Committee continues to commit to the mission of our school system for 
all students "to cultivate the development of students into self confident, lifelong learners and 
responsible citizens who possess personal integrity and the ability to succeed in a global society. 
The Committee welcomes input from our community on school programs and looks forward to a 
positive end to the 1999-2000 school year. 

IN CONCLUSION: 

The School Committee wishes to extend deep appreciation to the following staff members for 
their years of loyal and meritorious service and who have retired this past year: 



Polly Chase 


Guidance 


Susan Christman 


Social Studies 


William Christman 


Social Studies 


Fredrick Donovan 


English 


John MacLaughlan 


Social Studies 


Richard Ouellette 


Grade 6 


Robert E. Thurlow 


Music 


Helen Glinos 


Grade 3 


Joan M. Boyt 


Grade 4 


Olaf J. Geller 


Guidance 


Jane R. Morrissey 


Grade 3 


Edith Dungan 


Grade 2 


Jan G. Mylott 


Grade 2 


Patricia Bernard 


Grade 3 


Phylis A. Evans 


Grade 1 



Chelmsford High School 
Chelmsford High School 
Chelmsford High School 
Chelmsford High School 
Chelmsford High School 
Parker Middle School 
Parker Middle School 
Byam Elementary School 
Harrington Elementary School 
Harrington Elementary School 
Harrington Elementary School 
South Row Elementary School 
South Row Elementary School 
South Row Elementary School 
Westlands Elementary School 



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SUPPORT STAFF PERSONNEL 
Irene M. Callahan 
Nancy R. Butler 
Judith Starr 
Camille St. Paul 
James Garron 
Martha Campbell 
Frank Martines 

Respectfully Submitted by: 

Richard H. Moser, Ph.D. 

Superintendent of Schools 



Secretary 
Secretary 
Library Assistant 
Instructional Support 
Custodian 
Administrative Assist. 



South Row Elementary School 
Harrington Elementary School 
Byam Elementary School 
South Row School 
McCarthy School 
Business Office 



Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds 




Front Row: Evelyn Thoren, Vice Chairman; Anthony Volpe, Chairman; Dr. Richard Moser, Supt. 

Back Row: Jennifer Lin, Student Rep; Sheila Pichette, Secretary; Judith Mallette, Mary- Jo Griffin 



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Nashoba Valley Technical High School 



100 Littleton Road, Westford 01886 
978-692-4711 FAX 978-392-0570 
1999-2000 



Administration 

Judith L. Klimkiewicz 
Victor Kiloski 

Valerie Flynn 
Robert Campbell 
Kent Forty 
George Kalarites 

School Committee 

Peter Bagni 
Charla Boles 
Augustine Kish 
Hajo Koester 

Barbara Sherritt 

Leo Dunn 

Joan O'Brien - Chairman 

Garry Ricard 

Sharon Shanahan 

Jerrilyn Bozicas 

Richard White 

SCHOOL DATA 

Type: Public, regional, four-year vocational technical high 

Student Enrollment: As of October 1 , 1 999 



Superintendent 

Assistant Superintendent/Principal 

Business Manager 

Director of Pupil Personnel 

Director of Community Outreach 

Dean of Students 

Facilities Manager 



Chelmsford 


Alternates 




Groton 


Al Buckley 


Pepperell 


Littleton 


Samuel Poulten - secretary 


Chelmsford 


Westford 


Irene Machemer 


Townsend 


Townsend 


Heidi Shultz 


Shirley 


Westford 


Deborah D'Agostino 


Groton 


Westford 


Frank Heslin 


Westford 


Pepperell 






Chelmsford 


* Div VIII Liaison: S. Poulten 




Pepperell 






Shirley 









Chelmsford 


113 




Groton 


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Littleton 


10 




Pepperell 


125 




Shirley 


29 




Townsend 


90 




Westford 


80 




Ayer 


28 




School Choice 


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Total Enrollment 


569 


Accreditation : 


New England Association of S 


>choc 


College Board 






Code Number : 


222-333 




Faculty : 


Sixty-five certified teachers 





Pupil Teacher Ratio : 10:1 



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Calendar Three twelve-week trimesters. Eight 45 minute periods, five days per 

week. The school schedule alternates one week of academic classes with 
a week in a vocational-technical program. 

Vocational-Technical Programs 

Autobody Repair Graphic Communications 

Automotive Technology Horticulture/Landscape Design 

Construction/Cabinet Making Machine Tool Technology 

Culinary Arts/Hotel Restaurant Management /Conference Medical Occupations/ Child Care Education Child Care 

Planning Education/Dental Assistant 

Computer Aided Drafting/Design Metal Fabrications 

Electrical Technology Painting & Decorating/Interior Design 

Electronics/Robotics Plumbing/Heating 

Pre-Engineering Banking, Marketing & Retail 

SPECIAL ACADEMIC PROGRAMS 

Students receive four years of computer applications. 

Foreign language is offered all four years for interested students. 

Juniors with honor grades may elect to enter the Dual Enrollment Program and take their senior 
year with a community college in Massachusetts or New Hampshire. Upon completion, they 
receive their high school diploma from Nashoba and one full year of credit from the college. 

STUDENT ACTIVITIES 

Nashoba sponsors an extensive program in intra-scholastic sports including varsity teams in ten 
sports with equal opportunities for male and female students. Other activities include Student 
Council, National Honor Society, Yearbook, Students Against Drunk Driving, Vocational 
Industrial Clubs of America, peer counseling and many special interest clubs. Nashoba has no 
user fees. 

The 'Kids' Career Exploration Program 

A free program for Four afternoons from 3-6 PM offering students in grades five, six, and seven 
an opportunity to explore career opportunities in Electrical Technology, Medical Occupations, 
Culinary Arts, Office Technologies, and World Language (Spanish). 

Continuing & Community Education 

Approximately fifteen hundred adults attend this evenings run program a school year. 

Summer Programs 

Nashoba Valleys Allst-frrs Summer Program is offered to 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in the area. 
Students enjoy outdoor adventures, sports programs, computer applications & graphics, and 
academic enrichment. 



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HUMAN SERVICES 



Council on Aging 



Members: 

Jospeh Warburton, Chairperson 
Donna Pechulis, Vice Chairperson 
Jean McCaffery, clerk 

Walter Cleven 
Richard Condike 
Catherine Goodwin 
Arline Leman 



Chelmsford Senior Center 

75 Groton Rd 

North Chelmsford, MA 01863 

(978)251-0533 

Elizabeth Marshall 
Elizabeth McCarthy 
Raymond Palmer 
Peter Pedulla 



There is a reality that as we get older time seems to go by so much faster. It is not a law of 
relativity; just a scary fact for those of us who have gone beyond the age of fifty. The 10 th 
anniversary of our Senior Center this past October is a good case and point of the phenomenon. 
It was a decade of challenge, growth and accomplishment measured in part by the efforts of each 
year. 



Programs and Services: 

Adult Social Day Care: 

Congregate Lunch: 

Elder Home Repair: 

Friendly Visitor Program / 

Telephone reassurance: 

Health Benefits Counseling: 

program. 

Meals on Wheels: 

Outreach: 

services. 

Respite/Companion Care: 

Tax/Fuel Assistance: 

Transportation: 

Trips: 



46 participants; 2,938 Client Days 
47,910 Meals; average daily: 192 
56 Minor, free repairs 

48 Elders; 2,834 units of service 

306 seniors benefited from medical/insurance counseling with the SHINE 

17,647 home-delivered meals to 1 17 homebound elders; average daily 71 
Visits to 1 5 seniors (over 70) each week to assess their needs and recommend 

77 Elders and their families received 21,747 hours of provider service 

86 seniors benefited 

8,541 trips, transporting 172 seniors 

46 throughout the year 



Other Achievements: 

• Hosted a "Legislative Breakfast" for state legislators and Council on Aging members from across the 
Merrimack Valley 

• Computer classes continued at the Technology Department of the high school with 82 participants involved in 
training. 

• Students from the Nashoba Valley Technical School returned in the spring to finish off the interior wall of the 
porch area. . . Great work! 

• Received a state incentive grant ($3,500) to develop Community Service Programs with the school system. 

• Chowderfest. . . "Voted the best in Chelmsford" 



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Volunteers continued to be the backbone of our operation. Last year 266 volunteers contributed 
33,646 hours of service worth an estimate dollar value of $257,150 

It was a very successful and fulfilling year for everyone involved with the center's operation. 
We have enjoyed one great decade together. We have been fortunate, both personally and 
professionally, to work in an enthusiastic and supportive community where people make visions 
possible, where compassion is foremost and where the human spirit manifests itself daily. Our 
thanks to all of you for making it possible. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Martin J. Walsh, Director 



Veterans Services 



Members: 

Martin J. Walsh 
Regina B. Jackson 



Director 
Assistant 



The Chelmsford Veterans' Services Office provides short-term financial assistance to eligible 
veterans and their families as mandated by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 115. We can 
assist eligible, needy veterans with a monthly allowable grant and some medical coverage. The 
amount of assistance depends on the budget standards set by the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts Department of Veterans' Services. In CY 1999 we averaged $5,527 per month in 
benefits paid out. The State reimbursed Chelmsford 75% of these benefits. We have about 12 
active cases per month. Our reimbursement from the State is paid quarterly and runs 
approximately 10 months behind the authorizations. 

In addition to Chapter 115 cases, we receive about 25 requests for information and help per 
month from citizens dealing with a wide range of issues. We process the paperwork for the State 
$1,500 annuity for 100% (service connected) disabled veterans and for Gold Star spouses. We 
help veterans who are not eligible for the Chapter 115 program, find alternate means of 
assistance with other state and federal resources. We hold a monthly meeting for veterans at the 
Senior Center, and all are welcome. This past November we held "Operation Recognition" at 
Chelmsford High School, which awarded diplomas to 10 Chelmsford World War II veterans, 
who unselfishly sacrificed their youth and opportunity in defense of their country. Our office 
welcomes and supports intergenerational efforts that help to maintain the historical legacy of 
veterans who served during the various wars. We also organize the Veterans' Day observance 
and help with the Memorial Day flag honors. 

Our office is located in the Community Center (Old Town Hall) in Chelmsford Center. This 
office is open M/W/F 8:30 - 4:00. Our phone number is #250-5238. If you need help when the 
office is closed call Marty Walsh at the Senior Center #251-8692. If you are unable to visit our 
office and need a home visit, please call and we will be happy to schedule a convenient time. 
Thank you. 



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TOWN COMMITTES AND COMMISSIONS 



Board Of Appeals 



Members: 

Harold Organ, Jr., Chairman 

John Coppinger, Vice Chairman 

Eileen Duffy 

Gustave Fallgren 

Ronald Pare' 

John Blake, Alternate 

Paul Landry, Alternate 

Katie Roark, Alternate 

Doris McClay, Principal Clerk 




Front Row: Ronald Pare'; Gustave Fallgren; Harold Organ, Jr., Chairman; Eileen Duffy; John Blake, Alternate 

Back Row: Paul Landry, Alternate; Katie Roark, Alternate; John Coppinger, Vice Chairman 



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Total 


Granted 


Denied 


Withdrawn 


Variances 


35 


24 


3 


7 


Special Permits* 


22 


16 


3 


2 


Comprehensive Permit** 


1 


1 








Total 


58 


41 


6 


9 



One application for a Special Permit and a Variance is still pending before the Board. 
* One Special Permit petition was remanded back to the Board for reconsideration 
** Modification of a Comprehensive Permit 



The Board welcomed Katie Roark to the Board. The Board saw a decrease in the number of 
applications compared to last year. The Board wishes to express its gratitude to the Board of 
Health, Sign Advisory Committee, Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Building 
Inspector, Community Development Coordinator, Town Engineer and Board of Selectmen for 
their assistance and cooperation. 



Celebrations Committee 



Members 

Walter R. Hedlund, Chairman 

James K. Gifford 

Robert J. Kelley 

David Marderosian 

Jeffrey W. Stallard 

The 32 nd Annual 1999 Fourth of July Celebration was once again a tremendous success. Special 
thanks to Chelmsford Lions Club, Chelmsford Lodge of Elks No. 2310, Chelmsford Art Society, 
Chelmsford Community Band and many other Chelmsford volunteer organizations. Many 
thanks to Department Heads and personnel of the Fire, Police, D.P.W., Highway and Parks and 
the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen. 

Special thanks to the Chelmsford Auxiliary Police and Explorers Troop who volunteered many 
hours. The Celebrations Committee is now planning for the 2000 Annual Fourth of July 
Celebration, it's 33 rd year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Walter R. Hedlund, Chairman 



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Cemetery Commission 



Members: 

Jean R McCaffery, Chairman 
Gerald L. Hardy 
James F. Dolan 

Cemetery Department Personnel: 



John Sousa, Jr. 
Jorge Caires 
Kenneth Frazier 
Patrick Caires 
Eileen Johnson 
Claudio Caires 
Justin Johnson 
Eduardo Correia 



Superintendent 
Working Foreman 
Backhoe Operator 
Truck Driver 
P.T. Clerk 
Special Laborer 
Special Laborer 
Temporary Special Laborer 



The Cemetery Commission is pleased to report some noteworthy accomplishments and 
highlights of 1999 to the citizens of Chelmsford. 

The Cemetery maintenance staff planted thirty shade trees in recently expanded areas at Pine 
Ridge Cemetery to continue beautification efforts. Preliminary site work also began in future 
Section H at Fairview Cemetery. These efforts will result in the availability of over 200 new 
gravesites for the year 2000. 

With the assistance of the MIS Department, the Cemetery Commission established a Homepage 
linked to the Town of Chelmsford's web page, which can be found at 
www .to wnhall . chelmsford . ma. us . We believe this will make it more convenient for citizens to 
contact the Department via the Internet for cemetery and genealogical information. 

During the Fall, the Commission worked in cooperation with the Town Manager's office to 
become the first municipality in the Commonwealth to establish a new prepaid burial fee 
program. The program provides residents with the option of "locking-in" future burial costs at 
today's rates while allowing the Town to earn interest on the prepaid funds to offset future fee 
increases. 

The Commission believes this program will assist an increasing number of residents who are 
interested in planning their final arrangements, particularly for persons who may be hospitalized 
or placed in a care facility for an extended period. 

There were 145 interments during the year including 28 cremation interments, which accounted 
for 19% of total interments. There were 109 cemetery lots sold during the year, which represents 
a 21% increase in lot sales over 1998. 

The Cemetery Commissioners wish to thank Patrick Caires for serving as Backhoe Operator 
during the year as needed, due to the absence of an injured employee. 

The Cemetery Commissioners would like to commend the Department staff members for 
working diligently to keep Chelmsford's six cemeteries well-maintained and attractive public 
burial places. 

Respectfully submitted, 

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Jean R. McCaffery, Chairman 



Commission On Disabilities 



The Chelmsford Commission on Disabilities held ten meetings during the past year. Meetings 
are held in the Town Hall on the third Tuesday of each month (except August and December) at 
7:30 P. M. 

The following measures have been implemented to make the commission more accessible to the 
citizens of Chelmsford. 

1 . A telephone line (tel. # 978-250-9689) with an answering machine has been installed at 
the Town Hall. 

2. A web site has been created on the Town Web site (www.townhall.chelmsford.ma.us) to 
allow internet users access to information about the Commission and disability related 
issues. 

3. Access Issue Feedback Forms have been placed in the Town Hall, Senior Center and 
Library. 

Commission members have conducted accessibility issue surveys with over twenty businesses 
throughout the town. Members also have assisted ADA Coordinator Ralph Hickey with access 
surveys of The Center School and The New Library. Last Fall Commission members, along with 
Town Clerk Mary St.Hilaire, Assistant Clerk Betty Delaney, and School Department 
Maintenance Supervisor Gary Persichette performed an access survey of all Polling Places 
throughout the Town of Chelmsford to assure complete accessibility for all disabled voters of 
Chelmsford. 

In our role as advocates for the disabled community, members of The Commission have been 
pro-active in the following areas. 

1. Last March members testified before The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Joint 
Commission on Health Care relating to the issue of catastrophic drug coverage for the 
Disabled Community and Senior Citizens. 

2. At the invitation of the Town of Westford, Commission members participated in a 
Disability Health Fair at the Abbot Middle School in Westford on the 25th of September 
to promote Public awareness of Disability Issues. 

3. On the 20th of October Chairman Thomas Fall testified at a Public Hearing held by The 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Architectural Access Board in Boston, MA strongly 
opposing a change in regulation which mandates the attendance of any complainant at 
Architectural Access Board Hearings. It is the position of the Commission this would 
result in an unnecessary hardship and burden, both financially and physically, on the 
complainant. The Access Board should act on behalf of the complainant. 

4. Commission member Marti McCuller traveled to Washington D.C. at her own expense to 
monitor Congressional Hearings concerning Internet Access for The Disabled. 

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5. The Commission voted to appropriate the sum of $500.00 to the Byam School 
Playground Committee to be used towards the building of a handicap ramp. 

The Commission would like to express their appreciation to Town Manager Bernard Lynch, 
Selectman Michael McCall, and many other Town Officials for their support during the past 
year. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Thomas Fall - Chairman 
Leonard Olenchak - Vice Chair 
Sandra Momaney - Secretary 
Marti McCuller - Treasurer 
Patricia Raynor 
Dr. John Duggan 
Fredrick Marcks 
Suzanne Donahue 
Ralph Hickey - ADA Coordinator 
Kathi Geisler - Associate Member 
Linda Fall Associate Member 



Community Services Council 



Members: 

Kathy Cryan-Hicks, Library 
Susan Carmeris, Cultural Council 
Kit Harbison, Resident 
Holly Rice, Recreation 
Matt Scott, Cable Television 
Marty Walsh, Council on Aging 

The Chelmsford Community Services Council was formed by the Town Manager to coordinate 
and expand Chelmsford's recreation and cultural opportunities. By improving and expanding the 
delivery of these services we hope to enrich the quality of life in the Town of Chelmsford as well 
as increase our sense of community. 

The Chelmsford Community Services Council continues to deliver over 13,000 copies of the 
Chelmsford Community Newsletter to Chelmsford residents. The Chelmsford Community 
Newsletter was designed to increase the awareness of the programs and services that Chelmsford 
offers its citizens. These programs may be educational, cultural, recreational or all of the above. 
In addition to being a guide for seasonal activities, the Chelmsford Community Newsletter will 
provide information about the how and why of town services to better understand government 
operations. 



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The Chelmsford Community Services Council continues to sponsor the annual Winterfest event. 
This extremely successful and fun-filled weekend includes the chowderfest, ice-skating, hay 
rides, tearoom, variety show, carving of ice sculptures and much more. We will continue to offer 
a full slate of both indoor and outdoor activities for the entire community for future Winterfest 
Weekends. Numerous organizations in town sponsor specific events at various locations 
throughout Chelmsford. A very special thank you to Peggy Dunn for her continued dedication to 
the Winterfest event! 

We would like to thank all that support the Chelmsford Community Newsletter and the annual 
Winterfest event. 



Conservation Commission 



Members: 

David McLachlan, Chairman 

Michael Jasinski, Vice Chairman 

Lynne Davis 

John Smaldone 

William R. (Bob) Greenwood 

Marc Grant 

Jody Borghetti 

Andrew Sheehan, Community Development Coordinator 

Alison McKay, Conservation Officer 

In 1999 the Conservation Commission welcomed two new members, Marc Grant and Jodie 
Borghetti. They replaced Charlene Parlee who resigned from the Commission, and Chris 
Garrahan who was elected to the Planning Board. Alison McKay was also added to the 
Commission's staff as Conservation Officer. 

The Commission continued to make improvements to its reservations, town forests, and 
conservation lands. The Commission received a Forest Stewardship Grant from the Department 
of Environmental Management to prepare a forest inventory and management plan for 
Thanksgiving Forest and Russell Mill Forest. Implementation of these plans is anticipated for 
2000. Also at Russell Mill Forest, Shannon Conrad completed a trail mapping and trail 
identification project to earn her Gold Award, the highest rank in Girl Scouting. The 
Commission also received a Conservation Restriction from Charles Wojtas on 14.88 acres of 
land at Frank's Farm, a Planned Open Space Residential Development off Concord Road. This 
Conservation Restriction will ensure that the land forever remains in a natural state. Finally, the 
Commission received conditional approval of the Open Space & Recreation Plan from the 
Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services. The Open Space & Recreation Plan is a 
master plan for enhancing and expanding the Town's open space and recreation facilities, and is 
a prerequisite for certain State grant programs. 



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As has been the case for several decades, the majority of the Conservation Commission's time 
was devoted to wetlands protection. The Commission reviewed a total of 61 permit applications 
under the Wetlands Protection Act and Chelmsford Wetlands Bylaw. Of these applications, 3 1 
were Notices of Intent and 30 were Requests for Determination. The Commission also devoted 
considerable time to the review of two Environmental Notification Forms (ENF) filed under the 
Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA). These ENF's were for the Barnes Terrace 
water supply well and the Bruce Freeman Bike Trail. Compliance with wetlands regulations also 
appeared to improve in 1999, as the Commission took enforcement action on only one wetland 
violation. 

The following is breakdown of wetlands permit applications since 1996: 

1996 1997 1998 1999 

Requests for Determination 30 

Notices of Intent 

Total 



30 


51 


48 


31 


21 


24 


32 


30 


51 


75 


80 


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Cultural Council 



1999 Membership: Donna Thoene, Judy Jumpp, Carol Merriam, Hilde Griffin, Louis Stamas, 
Kathy O'Brien, Linda Carney and Ronalee Sayers. Susan Carmeris and Judy Fichtenbaum 
resigned in June after fulfilling the maximum term of six years. The Chelmsford Cultural 
Council is comprised of nine volunteers from the Chelmsford community who are appointed by 
the Town Manager. The council finished 1999 with one open seat. Ten meetings were held on 
the second Wednesday of the month at the Town Offices. 

The Chelmsford Cultural Council (CCC) is a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council 
(MCC) and was established to carry out the mission of the state agency by supporting programs 
that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive 
sciences. The CCC allocates state funds for these disciplines through a local re-granting 
program. The programs which the CCC chooses to fund help to improve the quality of life for 
our residents and contribute the economic vitality of our community. 



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In addition to re-granting state funds, the Chelmsford Cultural Council continued its tradition of 
actively promoting the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in Chelmsford through the 
following events: 

• funded the Alan Stone Quartet on Winterfest Weekend 

• organized and funded prize money for our annual photography contest which was displayed 
during Winterfest Weekend and enjoyed by hundreds of people 

• held our annual community input meeting in March to brainstorm future funding priorities 
with citizens who are interested in the arts 

• funded Quintessential Brass at the Chelmsford Holiday Prelude festivities 

• presented the fifth annual "Angel-of-the-Arts" awards to Linda Emerson and Donna Johnson 
for their support of and dedication to cultural programs in Chelmsford. 

Donna Thoene, Chair 



Finance Committee 



Members: 

Clare Jeannotte Chairman 

William Curry Vice Chairman 

Samuel Chase 

Mary Frantz 

William Gilet, Jr. 

Dwight Hayward 

Eugene Schwamb 

The Finance Committee is comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Town 
Moderator to three-year terms. 

The Finance Committee is the arm of Town Meeting whose primary mission is to study and 
make recommendations on the town budget and warrant articles to be considered by the Town 
Meeting Representatives. 

There are two Town Meetings each year; the spring meeting commences on the last Monday in 
April and the fall meeting is held at the end of October. 

Prior to the Spring Town Meeting, the Town Manager presents his proposed budget and capital 
improvement program for the upcoming fiscal year with accompanying budget message and 
supporting documents to the Finance Committee. 

Each Finance Committee member acts as a liaison to various town departments and boards. Prior 
to the public hearing, the Finance Committee liaison meets individually with the department 
head to review the department's budget request. Weekly hearings are held from December 
through April to hear, analyze and discuss departmental budgets and warrant articles. Each 
department or independent board is given the opportunity to present their budget and respond to 
questions and concerns raised by Finance Committee members. Based on its deliberations, the 
Committee makes a recommendation on each line item of the budget and each warrant article. 

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Similar to the budget hearings, the Committee also meets with petitioners, proponents and other 
interested parties, whether in support or opposition of proposed warrant articles that are to be 
considered at the Spring or Fall Town Meetings. After consideration of each warrant article, the 
Committee votes on its recommendation. In certain instances, when the article has no financial 
implication to the Town, the Committee may vote to make "no recommendation" on the article. 

The recommendations of the Committee are published in the Spring and Fall Report Books, 
which are available to residents and Town Meeting Representatives. Additionally, the Report 
contains financial data specific to the Town and other useful information. 

The Finance Committee also has one or more liaisons assigned to all major capital committees 
including the School Building Needs Committee, Police Station, Adams Library and the Center 
School Building Committee. The liaisons are responsible for keeping the Committee informed 
about a project's progress and financial status. 

In accordance with the Town Charter, "The duty of Town Meeting Representatives is to keep 
abreast of town business and review materials forwarded to them by the Board of Selectmen and 
Town Manager. It is expected that town meeting members will attend meetings of multiple 
member bodies, attend hearings held by the Finance Committee and actively prepare for each 
session of the town meeting." The Finance Committee both encourages and welcomes attendance 
and participation of town meeting members and residents at any of their meetings. 



Historical Commission 



The Commission has again been very active in the past year. Ongoing projects include the 
placing of historical signs on appropriate properties in Town; historic inventories of 100+ year 
old buildings; continuing the attempt to have the stone arch railroad bridge placed on the 
National Historic Register; continuation of Chelmsford's annual "Preservation Day" and an 
ongoing advocacy for endangered historical sites in Town like the North Town Hall. 

In May our second annual "Preservation Day" was held in North Chelmsford Village with many 
activities including a historical photo display at the McKay Library and the Congregational 
Church. We also had a self-guided walking tour of the village and a living history presentation 
by the recreated "28 th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry." 



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We would like to thank everyone who has helped in our activities over the past year and look 
forward to an even busier future. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Linda Prescott, Chairman 
John Alden 
John Goodwin 
Florence Gullion 
George Merrill 
Martha Sanders 
Jeffrey W. Stallard 
Ellen Greene, Clerk 



Historic District Commission 



Members. 

Peggy Dunn, Chairman 

Steve Stowell, Vice Chairman 

Tom Doyle 

Jack Handley 

Brenda Lovering 

John Alden, Alternate 

Phil Currier, Alternate 

The Historic District Commission functions as a regulatory commission for the benefit of the 
town. A small area of the Town's center section is under the commission's authority. The 
objective of the Historic District Commission is to provide a expeditious application and review 
relative to the physical modification to the residences and businesses with the District. Regular 
meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at the Town Offices. 

During the past year, 17 applications were received for review by the Commission; 17 
applications were accepted, 4 public hearings were held, and 13 public hearings were waived. 
Thirteen Certificates of Appropriateness, 2 Certificates of Non- Applicability, and 2 Certificates 
of Hardship were issued. 



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Holiday Decorations Committee 



Committee Members -1999 

Linda Harrington, Chairman 
Tink Nussbaum, Co-Chairman 
Carol Gillette, Music 
Ellen Donovan, Treasurer 
Jean Kydd 
Jacqueline Wunschel 
Carrie Bacon 
Iris Larssen 
Ruthann Burkinshaw 
Donna Ready 
Lynn Lemaire 
Jay Cahill 
Gail Myers 

Departmental Mission Statement: 

The Holiday decorating Committee is a group of volunteers who arrange and implement the 
Holiday Lighting and Prelude Ceremony in Chelmsford Center the first Sunday in December. 
The committee, with the help of several interested individuals and groups, physically put up and 
take down all the lights on the shrubs and trees on the Chelmsford Common, the Old Town Hall 
and the Chelmsford Business District. In addition to the lighting the committee also organizes 
musical talent who volunteer their time, arrange the hay rides, assist "Piney the Talking Tree" 
and "Santa" with more than 500 children who come to see them 

Budget: 

While the Town sanctions the Committee, we receive no funds and work from donations given to 
us by several groups and individuals. We are especially grateful this year to the Chelmsford 
Business Association, the Chelmsford Rotary Club, the Chelmsford Fire Union, the Chelmsford 
Police Union and The Lowell Five Cents Savings Bank. 

Goals and Objectives: 

Our goal for the year 2000 is to have the fourth hayride added to the Center Business District to 
make the waiting time less for our increasing number of participants. We will have to secure the 
necessary funds to do this but feel we will be able to obtain our goal. We have increased our 
number of musical and vocal groups over the years and hope to continue receiving their much 
appreciated talents for the upcoming year. We thank the Police department, Police Auxiliary, 
Fire Department and the Highway departments for their continued help and cooperation which 
has made our event possible and a huge success. We feel fortunate to have so many residents 
support our efforts and thank all those who give so freely of their time and talents to make this 
once-a-year event possible. 

Linda Harrington, Chairman 



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Housing Authority 



During 1999, the Chelmsford Housing Authority has continued to witness a sharp increase in the 
need for affordable housing for families, elderly and disabled individuals. The average waiting 
period for elderly disabled housing has risen dramatically with preference to local veterans. 
Currently, the waiting period for state aided elderly disabled housing is as follows: 
Local/Veterans 3 to 6 years, Local Residents 6 to 8 years, Non-residents 1 years or more. Our 
agency is not able to meet the current demand for affordable housing. 

The Section 8 Rental Assistance Program has been closed for over a year. During 1999, the 
Chelmsford Housing Authority received an additional award of 75 new Section 8 Vouchers. The 
low vacancy rate in Chelmsford has made it quite difficult to house low-income families in town. 
There does not appear to be any immediate solution to this problem as rents are continuing to 
rise and no new units are being constructed. 

Over the next few years, the Authority will continue to build stronger relations with Elderly 
Services of the Merrimack Valley, the Chelmsford Rotary Club, and the Greater Lowell 
Technical High School. All three of these organizations have contributed greatly to improving 
the quality of life for our elderly/disabled residents. The Authority is interested in acquiring new 
land for the future construction of additional elderly/disabled units. 

The Chelmsford Housing Authority programs as of December 31, 1999 provided a total of 
almost 500 units of low-income housing: 176 elderly, 258 family, and 22 handicapped. Our 
state-aided units include Chelmsford Arms completed in 1974, which has 56 regular units and 8 
handicapped units. The Middlesex Community residence for the mildly to moderately retarded 
was purchased in 1974 and has 6 units. Six, two bedroom condominiums in Pickwick Estates 
were purchased in 1981. McFarlin Manor, completed in 1981, has 43 regular units, 3 
handicapped units, and a four bedroom congregate unit, which serves the semi-independent 
elderly. Delaney Terrace, finished in 1990, has 48 units, 3 of, which are handicapped, and a one, 
4 bedroom congregate unit for the frail elderly. These developments are funded under Chapter 
667. Under the 705 Family Program, 1 1 units are scattered around Chelmsford. The Chapter 
689 program is able to serve up to 8 individuals in the facility based respite care development 
located on Groton Road. The Section 8 Program serves approximately 250 families in the 
communities of Chelmsford, Tyngsboro, Dracut, Westford, Carlisle, Littleton, Pepperell, Groton 
and Lowell. 

Members of the staff include David J. Hedison, Executive Director, Linda Dalton, Office 
Administrator, Nancy Harvey, Housing Choice Program Manager, Michelle Hudzik, State 
Housing Manager, Vacant -Program Coordinator, Richard CNeil, part-time Maintenance 
Mechanic, Michael Harrington, and Manuel Mendonca, both Grounds Keeper/Maintenance 
Laborers. Regular meetings are held at McFarlin Manor, 10 Wilson Street at 7:30 p.m., on the 
first Tuesday each month. The Annual Meeting is the first Tuesday in May. All meetings are 
open to the public. The Chelmsford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners would like to 
thank the residents of Chelmsford and Town Officials for their continued support and 
cooperation. 



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Chelmsford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners 

NAME 

Lynn M. Marcella 
Pamela Tumbull 
Scott Johnson 
Denise Marcaurelle 
Leonard Westgate 



TITLE 


TERM EXPIRES 


Chairman 


2002 


Vice Chairman 


2003 


Treasurer 


2003 


Asst. Treasurer 


2000 




2000 



Planning Board 



Members: 

Robert Morse, Chairman 
Susan Carter, Vice Chairman 
Charles Wojtas, Clerk 
Pamela Armstrong 
Christopher Garrahan 
James Good 
Kim MacKenzie 
Doris McClay, Principal Clerk 

The Planning Board is responsible for insuring that the development of land in Chelmsford meets 
the criteria set forth in the State and Local Zoning By-law. The process involves the review of 
subdivision and site plans at a public hearing. The Planning Board is committed to protecting and 
maintaining the residential character and integrity of Chelmsford. 

1 999 was a busy year for the Planning Board and one which resulted in several new members. 
Eugene Gilet retired his seat after 32 successive years on the Board, and was succeeded by 
Christopher Garrahan, former Chairman of the Conservation Commission. Tracey Wallace 
Cody, after serving for over six years, resigned her position as Chairman in order to concentrate 
on her growing family (Chelsea Cody, born January 2nd, 2000). Pamela Armstrong, active in 
many facets of the Chelmsford school system and Town government, was appointed in her place. 

The Master Plan By-law Review Committee, in a continuing effort to implement the Town 
Master Plan, sponsored the creation of a new zoning district and a new section of zoning 
regulations at the October Town meeting. The Center Village Zoning District seeks to preserve, 
maintain and enhance the historic charm of the Central Square area. 



Total 


Approved 


Denied 


Withdrawn 


22 


18 





4 


2 


2 








4 


4 








1 








1 


25 


25 









Total site plans* 

Minor site plans 

Subdivisions** 

Preliminary subdivisions 

Subdivision control law not required 

* The Planning Board approved a total of approximately 469,399 square feet of commercial and 
industrial development. 



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**One of these subdivision applications was a modification of an approved subdivision plan. 
The Planning Board approved 10 house lots and a 72 unit Independent Senior Living Facility. 

The Planning Board wishes to express its gratitude to the Board of Health, Department of Public 
Works, Police Department, Conservation Commission, Water Districts, Fire Department, Sewer 
Commission, Building Inspector, Community Development Coordinator and the public for their 
assistance and cooperation. 









Front Row: Robert C. Morse, Tracey Wallace Cody, Charles Wojtas 

Back Row: Chris Garrahan, Kim J.MacKenzie, James P. Good, Susan Carter 



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Veterans' Emergency Fund 



Balance as of January 1, 1999 

ADD RECEIPTS: 

The MassBank for Savings, Reading, MA, Regular Savings, Interest 
The MassBank for Savings, Reading, MA, Certificate Account, Interest 
Total Interest Received: 



$22,590.67 



684.21 
99.12 
83.33 



Balance on Hand as of January 1, 1999 and Interest Income as of December 3 1 , 1999 



$23,374.00 



ASSETS 



MassBank for Savings, Account #91-1287909 
MassBank for Savings, Account #92-20556968 



$15,790.66 
7,583.34 



Total Assets 



$23,374.00 



LIABILITIES 

Total Liabilities 

Total Assets, Less Liabilities, as of December 31, 1999 



None 
$23,374.00 



Respectfully yours, 

Alfred H. Coburn, Treasurer 



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Veterans' Emergency Fund Committee 



This past year of 1999 was a quiet one for the Veterans' Emergency Fund Committee since no 
applications for assistance were received from Veterans of World War II. 

Requests for assistance should be sent to the Veterans' Agent of the Town. Assistance is given 
after an investigation and review in the form of material grants. No cash grants are approved. 

The fund has increased due to interest income received from savings accounts. The present 
balance is $23,374. Present membership of the committee is as follows: 



Precinct 1 


Robert P. LaPorte 


Precinct 2 


Carl J. Lebedzinski 


Precinct 3 


John J. Kenney 


Precinct 4 


Thomas E. Firth, Jr. 


Precinct 5 


Frederick H. Reid 


Precinct 6 


Alfred H. Cobum 


Precinct 7 


Allan H. Greenhalgh 


Precinct 8 


Neal C. Stanley 


Precinct 9 


Lloyd C. Greene, Jr. 



The committee extends its thanks for the help given by other Town officials during the past year. 

Respectfully yours, 

Alfred H. Cobum, Chairman 



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TOWN MEETINGS AND ELECTIONS 



Town Election April 6, 1999 



* Candidate for reelection 



Prec 1 Prec 2 Prec 3 Prec 4 Prec 5 Prec 6 Prec 7 Prec 8 Prec 9 TOTAL 



MODERATOR 3 Year Term (1) 




















Blanks 54 


33 


49 


30 


47 


35 


39 


40 


58 


385 


Dennis E. McHugh* 203 


122 


251 


171 


190 


267 


227 


182 


221 


1834 


Write-In 





1 

















2 


3 


Misc 














2 











2 


TOTAL 257 


155 


301 


201 


237 


304 


266 


222 


281 


2224 


SELECTMAN 3 Year Term (1) 




















Blanks 64 


40 


68 


33 


56 


45 


54 


41 


57 


458 


Stuart G. Weisfeldt* 187 


114 


232 


168 


181 


258 


211 


181 


219 


1751 


Write-In 6 





1 








1 


1 





2 


11 


Misc 


1 




















3 


4 


TOTAL 257 


155 


301 


201 


237 


304 


266 


222 


281 


2224 


SCHOOL COMMITTEE 3 Year Term (2) 


















Blanks 181 


110 


203 


130 


170 


201 


180 


157 


186 


1518 


Judith B. Mallette* 156 


83 


190 


112 


135 


206 


181 


147 


173 


1383 


Sheila E. Pichette 169 


116 


208 


159 


162 


200 


168 


138 


201 


1521 


Write-in 5 


1 





1 


7 


1 


2 


2 


2 


21 


Misc 3 





1 











1 








5 


TOTAL 514 


310 


602 


402 


474 


608 


532 


444 


562 


4448 


LD3RARY TRUSTEE 3 Year Term (3) 




















Blanks 266 


172 


314 


204 


268 


267 


239 


225 


298 


2253 


Richard E. DeFreitas 161 


89 


189 


125 


144 


206 


174 


134 


179 


1401 


Elizabeth A. McCarthy* 178 


109 


200 


141 


156 


229 


192 


162 


192 


1559 


Margaret E. Marshall* 165 


95 


197 


133 


143 


209 


192 


145 


174 


1453 


Write-In 














1 











1 


Misc 1 





3 











1 








5 


TOTAL 771 


465 


903 


603 


711 


912 


798 


666 


843 


6672 


BOARD OF HEALTH 3 Year Term (2) 




















Blanks 31 


17 


53 


24 


33 


30 


26 


28 


43 


285 


Stephanie J. Levell 107 


59 


90 


91 


118 


132 


111 


69 


120 


897 


Peter Dulchinos * 119 


79 


157 


85 


86 


141 


129 


124 


118 


1038 


Write-in 





























Misc 





1 


1 





1 





1 





4 


TOTAL 257 


155 


301 


201 


237 


304 


266 


222 


281 


2224 


PLANNING BOARD 3 Year Terms (2) 




















Blanks 120 


70 


169 


86 


117 


129 


127 


112 


134 


1064 


Christopher T. Garrahan 137 


89 


176 


103 


118 


164 


154 


127 


140 


1208 


Robert C. Morse* 161 


100 


142 


135 


147 


194 


176 


131 


215 


1401 


Glenn A. Kohl 95 


51 


115 


77 


92 


121 


75 


74 


73 


773 


Write-in 





























Misc 1 








1 

















2 



72 



TOTAL 



514 310 



602 



402 



474 



608 



532 444 



562 



4448 



SEWER COMMISSION 3 Year Term (2) 



Blanks 

John F. Souza 

Richard J. Day * 

Write-In 

Misc 

TOTAL 



181 
159 

173 

1 

514 



101 
100 
109 


310 



199 
188 
214 

1 
602 



120 
139 
143 


402 



180 
138 
156 


474 



197 
194 
215 
2 

608 



173 
164 
194 
1 

532 



151 
136 
156 
1 

444 



205 
177 
179 
1 

562 



1507 
1395 
1539 

5 

2 

4448 



HOUSING AUTHORITY Unexp 1 Year Term (1) 



Blanks 

Alyson G. Stowell 

Denise Marcaurelle 

Write-in 

Misc 

TOTAL 



39 
98 

120 





20 

56 

79 







257 155 



66 

110 

124 

1 



301 



34 

86 

81 





201 



48 
86 

103 



237 



51 

114 

139 





304 



34 

53 

179 





266 



36 

68 

118 




222 



48 

107 

125 



1 
281 



376 

778 

1068 

1 

1 

2224 



CEMETERY COMMISSION 3 Year Term (1) 



Blanks 

James F. Dolan* 

Write-In 

Misc 

TOTAL 



69 

187 

1 



257 



27 

128 





155 



62 

235 
2 
2 

301 



44 

157 





201 



64 

172 

1 



237 



69 

235 



304 



63 

203 





266 



50 

172 



222 



81 

199 

1 



281 



529 
1688 

5 

2 

2224 



QUESTION 1 

Blanks 
Yes 
No 
TOTAL 



63 

122 

72 
257 



34 
88 

33 
155 



62 
174 

65 
301 



38 
100 

63 
201 



59 

120 

58 

237 



87 
145 

72 
304 



60 
153 

53 
266 



39 

122 
61 

222 



56 
148 

77 
281 



498 
1172 

554 
2224 



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Annual Town Meeting April 26, 1999 



The Moderator Dennis J. McHugh called the Annual Town Meeting to order at 7:30 PM. He 
recognized the presence of a quorum. There were 151 Town Meeting Representatives present at 
the Senior Citizen Center on Groton Road. The Moderator went over the Town Meeting 
procedures. He announced that the Town was to receive the Distinguished Budget Presentation 
Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the USA and Canada. This is a 
national award and present at this meeting is John LaFleche the Massachusetts Representative of 
this association. He requested permission from the Representatives to allow Mr. LaFleche to 
address the Body because he is not a resident. Motion carried, unanimously. 

John LaFleche explained the purpose and criteria of receiving this award. The budget had been 
reviewed and rated favorably by an expert panel of independent budgeting professionals across 
the county. It reflects the commitment of the Town Manager, Board of Selectmen and the 
Assistant to the Town Manager as well as the expertise professionalism and many hours of hard 
work by staff involved in the preparation of the budget to insure that the highest principals of 
governmental budgeting are meet. In order to receive the award the Town had to satisfy national 
recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines were designed to assess 
how well the budget document fulfills four major purposes. 1st it should serve as a policy tool. 
It should list pragmatic and physical goals for the upcoming year. 2nd it should present a clear 
financial plan listing all expenditure and revenue sources for the prior year the current year and 
project the Towns financial conditions for the end of the fiscal year. 3 rd it should be a guide for 
the Towns operations. 4 th the budget should serve as a communications medium. Provide 
summary information about the Town programs, services and finances in manner suitable for the 
media and general public. This award program started in 1984, only 650 entities out of the 5000 
members have received this award. It is the only national award program in governmental 
budgeting. He then presented the award to the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Stuart 
Weisfeldt. Selectman Weisfeldt accepted the award on behalf of the Board of Selectmen he 
thanked the Town Manager and his staff for doing an excellent job. The Body responded with a 
round of applause. 

The Moderator announced that Selectman Weisfeldt moved that the reading of the Constables 
return of the warrant be waived. Motion carried, unanimously. Selectman Weisfeldt then 
moved that the reading of the warrant be waived. Motion carried, unanimously. The 
Moderator then requested permission from the Representatives to allow Bernard DiNatalie of the 
School Department to address the Body if necessary regarding the School Budget. Motion 
carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 1. Selectman Stuart G. Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to hear reports 
of the Town Officers and Committees. 



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State Representative Carol Cleven came forth and presented a report highlighting the progress of 
bills passed and areas of concerns addressed by the Elected Officials and citizens of the Town. 
The Route 3 bill was heard and re-filed by the Governor and the Chairman of the Senate 
Transportation Committee. The Committee will not act upon it until after the budget. The 
progress of the Bike Path is still ongoing. Funding for the improvements of the intersections of 
Route 4 (North Rd) with Parkhurst Rd, Dalton Rd, and Davis Rd were vetoed by the Governor 
last year. The Speaker of the House did not allow this to be removed and she has requested that 
amendments to this upcoming budget be made to include it. The revitalization of Central Square 
has been approved but not authorized yet. She will file amendments to include this if it's not in 
the budget. In regards to the Sewer project, monies are proposed to be available in the form of 
revolving funds and some grants. School aide formula will not change this year. It is felt that it 
may change at the expiration of the education reform bill, possibly by the fall a new formula may 
be in effect. A number of bills are being proposed regarding health care. She also mentioned that 
she is available at the Town Office Building every third Friday of the month from 10 AM to 12 
Noon. 

UNDER ARTICLE 2. The Moderator read the motion then stated that he would read each of 
the total line items asking for the need of discussion or questions. He began with Municipal 
Administration through Debt and Interest, reading the Personnel Services and Expense totals 
under each. The Town Manager Bernard Lynch then addressed the Body. He first commented 
on the award presented by the GFOA. He said that only five other communities in 
Massachusetts have received this award; it is something that has been worked on for a number of 
years. It's a combine effort of the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, and the Town 
Meeting Body. The information that the Body demands from himself and staff, in order to 
analyst and vote on the budget. He expressed particular credit to John Codderre Assistant to the 
Town Manager who gave tremendous effort on moving the budget document forward to the 
point that it is at. The Body responded with a round of applause. The Town Manager then went 
on to say that he is presenting a "balanced budget." Not just in terms of its expenditures, but in 
terms of the services provided. There are no dramatic changes. The Town is staying on course 
with its financial plan, investing in the educational system for both the public and Nashoba 
Schools. Continuing funding Public Safety, regarding fire and traffic enforcement and police 
presents. Continuing to invest in the infrastructure regarding the Sewer project, Land Use 
Management and Recreational programs. He then gave a brief synopsis of the budget in terms of 
where the money comes in from and goes out. 68% of the funding comes from local property 
taxes. He went over the proposed revenue figures, and said that adjustments may be made in the 
fall depending on the State revenue received. He then showed the breakdown of the direct 
service costs concerning education, public safety, community services, warrant articles, debt and 
interest and non-appropriated expenses. Before there was any questions and discussions, the 
Moderator made a point of order. A Special Town Meeting had been posted for 8:00 PM. Seeing 
that it was now 8:10 PM, he felt that the Special should be addressed, then at the conclusion of 
the Special come back to Article two. Karen Ready then moved to adjourn the Annual Town 
Meeting at this time in order to address the posted Special Town Meeting. The Moderator asked 
for a vote on this motion to adjourn, motion carried, unanimously. The Meeting adjourned at 
8:10 PM. 



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Special Town Meeting April 26, 1999 



The Moderator Dennis E. McHugh called the Special Town Meeting to order at 8:10 PM. He 
recognized the presence of a quorum. There were 1 5 1 Town Meeting Representatives present at 
the Senior Center on Groton Road. 

Selectman Stuart Weisfeldt moved that the reading of the Constables return of the warrant be 
waived. Motion carried, unanimously. Selectman Weisfeldt then moved that the reading of the 
entire warrant be waived. Motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 1. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Article 3 as voted at the Annual Town Meeting held on April 24, 1994 as amended by Article 1 
of the Special Town Meeting held on April 27, 1998, by increasing the amount to be borrowed 
for the purpose of renovating the Center School for use as an educational facility from 
$7,393,399 to $7,935,000, and further to declare that this appropriation shall be deemed an 
emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the peace, health, safety or 
convenience of the Town. 

The Town Manager explained that short of any extreme unforeseen circumstances this is the 
final vote needed for appropriating funds for the Center School project. The project did have 
additional costs that were associated with the asbestos floor tiles, wood joists in the roof structure 
as well as the normal costs due to renovations. This number also includes the cost for 
technology, which in the warrant books shows in the Capital Budget article. If this article passes 
then the amount of $341,800, will be reduced from the Capital Planning Budget, which is a 
better accounting purpose for the State reimbursement. The State will reimburse this project 
64% level so the actual cost is 36 cents on the dollar. He stressed that even though this total is a 
larger amount of money then first anticipated to renovate the building, it is still substantially less 
then the cost to built a new elementary school which clearly the Town has a need for, due to the 
current school population. D. Lorraine Lambert questioned if she could add $88,000 for a 
Library at the Center School, it was mentioned in the papers that this was being cut. The 
$88,000 is already in this total figure for books. He explained that as the money became tighter 
and tighter certain costs were bid out in stages for equipment and furnishings She questioned if 
this is the cost for the room or does it include the books. It is for both room and books. Robert 
Hall questioned that during the construction money had been allocated for furnishings; does this 
increase restore the money back into furnishings? Yes it does, $400,000.00 will now be 
available for the Library and other equipment. Arthur Carmen questioned if this figure will now 
include the money needed for a playground at the School? Right now the $40,000.00 is on the 
contingency budget for funding, as long as there are no further unexpected expenses. However, if 
expenses do occur then there will be no funding for a playground and it will have to be addressed 
at a later time. Gary Matthews says that this project has come before the Body for further 
increases. He questioned the management of the project. The Manager explained that this 
project was originally funded in 1994, which was based on the cost estimates at that time. When 
it was put out to bid last year there was a different construction market and certain changes in the 
codes brought additional changes to the costs. There was $400,000 in the budget for costs 
escalated but when it was bid out it out stripped that amount. This new amount includes all the 
construction costs plus the technology costs, which would have been addressed under the Capital 

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Budget article. The Moderator asked for the Finance Committee's recommendation. Chairman 
of the Finance Committee Marcia Dobroth said that the Finance Committee was in favor of the 
article. The Moderator asked for the Board of Selectmen's recommendation, Selectman 
Weisfeldt said the Board was in favor of the article. The Moderator said that this required a 
2/3' s vote and asked for a show of hands, The Moderator declared that the motion passed by 
a 2/3' s vote citing the 2/3' s vote by-law. 

UNDER ARTICLE 2. The Town Manager asked that this article be withdrawn. The 
Moderator asked for a show of hands on the motion to withdraw. The motion carried, 
unanimously. The article read as follows. To see if the Town will vote to accept as public ways 
the layout of a portion of Willis Drive and Twelfth Avenue as shown on a plan on file in the 
office of the Town Clerk; and to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow a 
sum of money for the purpose of making improvements to said ways; and move that the Town 
vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire any and all temporary and/or permanent 
easements, and any property in fee simple, with trees thereon, by purchase, eminent domain, or 
otherwise, for the purpose of securing traffic safety and road improvements, and move that the 
Town vote to raise and appropriate, transfer and appropriate from the Stabilization Fund, and/or 
borrow a certain sum of money to defray all necessary costs, fees and expenses in connection 
with the acquisition of said land and for paying any damages which may be awarded as a result 
of any such taking; and move that the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
negotiate and execute all necessary and proper contracts and agreements thereto, and to authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to assess betterment's pursuant to General Laws Chapter 80 on those 
individuals who receive a benefit from said road improvements. 

The Town Manager then moved to withdraw articles 3,4,5,6 in order to provide more time to 
meet with the Water Districts and the Conservation Commission regarding questions. And it is 
anticipated to bring these articles as well as Article 2 back before the Body in the future for 
consideration. The Moderator asked for a show of hands on the motion to withdraw these 
articles. Motion carried, unanimously. The articles read as follows: 

UNDER ARTICLE 3. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Conservation Commission 
to grant to the Chelmsford Water District a use and access easement, or such other interest as 
may be appropriate, in land located off Elm Street and Barnes Terrace, as shown on a plan on file 
with the Town Clerk and at the offices of the Chelmsford Water District, for the purpose of 
establishing a well field and public water supply, together with any necessary appurtenances 
thereto; provided, however, that the Town Manager is hereby authorized to negotiate all terms 
and conditions of said easement, subject to final approval by the Board of Selectmen, the 
Conservation Commission and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Conservation 
Services, and provided further, that said land shall remain under the control of the Conservation 
Commission and shall be retained, together with all remaining conservation lands acquired 
herewith, for conservation and passive recreation use as set forth in Chapter 40, Section 8C of 
the Massachusetts General Laws and any agreement entered into with the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts pursuant to said acquisition. 



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UNDER ARTICLE 4. To see if the Town will vote to approve the filing of a petition in the 
General Court for the purpose of approving the grant of the use and access easement, or other 
interest, to the Chelmsford Water District, of land located off Elm Street and Barnes Terrace as 
shown on a plan on file with the Town Clerk and at the offices of the Chelmsford Water district, 
for the purpose of establishing a well field and water supply, together with any necessary 
appurtenances, as such legislative public approval may be required by Article 97 of the 
Amendments to the Constitution of Massachusetts or otherwise. 

UNDER ARTICLE 5. To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Conservation Commission 
to grant to the Chelmsford Water District a use and access easement, or such other interest as 
may be appropriate, in land located off Meadowbrook Road, as shown on a plan on file with the 
Town Clerk and at the offices of the Chelmsford Water District, for the purpose of establishing a 
well field and public water supply, together with any necessary appurtenances thereto; provided, 
however, that the Town Manager is hereby authorized to negotiate all terms and conditions of 
said easement, subject to final approval by the Board of Selectmen and the Conservation 
Commission, and provided further, that said land shall remain under the control of the 
Conservation Commission and shall be retained, together with all remaining conservation lands 
acquired herewith, for conservation and passive recreation use as set forth in Chapter 40, Section 
8C of the Massachusetts General Laws. 

UNDER ARTICLE 6. To see if the Town will vote to approve the filing of a petition in the 
General Court for the purpose of approving the grant of the use and access easement, or other 
interest, to the Chelmsford Water District, of land located off Meadowbrook Road as shown on a 
plan on file with the Town Clerk and at the offices of the Chelmsford Water district, for the 
purpose of establishing a well field and water supply, together with any necessary appurtenances, 
as such legislative public approval may be required by Article 97 of the Amendments to the 
Constitution of Massachusetts or otherwise. 

UNDER ARTICLE 7. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved to amend the Fiscal Year 1999 
Operating Budget as voted under Article 2 of the Annual Town Meeting held on April 27, 1998 
as amended by the vote passed under Article 8 of the Annual Town Meeting held on October 19, 
1998 by making the following changes: 

Increase Line Item # 3 Chelmsford Public Schools, by $275,000 to $33,253,000 

And that the Town transfers and appropriates $275,000 from available funds to defray such 
changes. 

The Town Manager explained that this is an amendment to the Public School Budget. This 
money is from the Lottery Funds revenue which had been turned back to the Town. It had been 
put aside for emergency use and if not needed would have been returned to free cash. 

Due to additional costs to the Special Education the School Committee came before the Board of 
Selectmen and explained that more money would be needed to fund the budget in order to 
maintain the current level of service. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The 
Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked for discussion, hearing none, 
he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 



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UNDER ARTICLE 8. The Moderator said he would read the article then cited that due to a 
potential conflict he would be stepping from the Chair. Selectman Weisfeldt moved that the 
Town vote to authorize the Town Manager, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to 
establish the Town of Chelmsford as an electric retail load aggregator in accordance with Section 
134 (a) of M.G.L. chapter 164, acting to satisfy the demand for electricity from electricity 
consumers within the Town, independently or in joint action with other municipalities, by 
negotiating pricing, terms and conditions for the purchase of electric energy and energy related 
services, the Town Manager, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is further authorized 
to execute an inter-municipal agreement for this purpose, to develop an energy plan, and to 
comply further with all requirements for the aggregated purchase of energy and energy-related 
services as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

The Town Clerk Mary E. St.Hilaire took over the Chair as the Acting Moderator. The Town 
Manager explained the article. The Companies that we currently deal with for electricity will no 
longer be generating electricity. Instead they will become simply the transmission agents for the 
electricity. We as consumers, as residents, businesses, municipalities, will have the oportunity to 
buy the electricity on the open market at what ever the most favorable cost is that can be found. 
If we buy in bulk we could save considerably. By using the deregulation law we won't become 
an electrical unit, we would become an aggregator. Which means we would solicit proposals 
from various electric companies either on our own or with other municipalities. Which would 
make the most sense to go out and buy electricity in bulk or produce a model contract for the 
procurement of electricity by the consumers within the Town borders, residents or businesses. 
The Town would not be in the business of buying the electricity or collecting any of the money 
to pay for the electricity. We would create a package that consumers could utilize in order to 
realize some savings. This is new territory, the Towns of Bedford and Lexington have moved 
into this direction. City of Haverhill and all of the Cape communities have joined together and 
are soliciting proposals from energy providers. We would be able to develop an energy plan. 
This would be funded by the conservation or surcharge fee. Currently this money goes to Ma 
Electric to pay for conservation measurers. We could use it in the Schools and Municipal 
Buildings to make improvements to lighting fixtures and installation in order to save on some of 
our energy costs which is the requirement. Once the plan is approved by the State we could 
utilized the money as we see fit to make our own improvements. The money received in Town 
would stay in Town and be used for our improvements. Glenn Thoren questioned if there would 
be put in place a group of individuals to monitor this process. Yes a task force would be formed. 
Mark Connors questions if there would be a budget increase in personnel. The Manager said that 
the Town might need additional funding for technical expertise and advice and support. Gary 
Matthews questioned the time frame? Hopefully about one year. The Finance Committee 
recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Acting 
Moderator asked for any discussion? Hearing none, she asked for a vote by way of a show of 
hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

Dennis McHugh returned to the Chair as Moderator. He announced that the Special Town 
Meeting was concluded at 8:35 PM and moved to return to the business of the Annual Town 
Meeting. 



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UNDER ARTICLE 2 con't George Merrill questioned if the new valuation was going to be 
included in the tax rate for next year. He felt that residents were being taxed twice. The Manager 
explained that the formula is based on Proposition 2 Vz. He asked for the law. Town Counsel 
John Georgio cited that the law is Ma State Law 59 section 21C. Mark Connors questioned the 
offset receipt of the Public Works budget. The Manager explained that this is the sewer user fee. 
It is an available fund that can be appropriated to offset the costs for the up coming year. The 
Town treats it as ordinary revenue for budget purposes. The Moderator asked for the various 
recommendations. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
recommended the article. 

George Merrill moved to amend the article by doing the following. On page 20 Assessors 
Expense, be reduced to $61,400, reducing the total to $293,124, on page 36, Sewer Division 
expense, be reduced to $418,619, reducing the total to $713,532. The resulting savings of 
$186,500 be added to the Finance Committee Reserve Fund (Article 6) for the expressed purpose 
of defraying additional cost for the Center School. Town Counsel John Georgio ruled that the 
last line regarding the savings of $186,500 could not be part of the motion. Mr Merrill can not 
direct that money be placed in the reserve fund. If there is money left because money has been 
saved, it is returned to the Free Cash. The Moderator said that he would line out the sentence and 
read the actual motion that will be discussed. George Merrill explained the purpose of his 
motion. In the blue budget book page B-15 $5,000 to be removed fromline 53120 and $1,500 
from line 57100, page E10, $180,000 from line 56010 making a total reduction of $186,500. He 
felt that this is excess monies that haven't been used in the past, judging from the previous year. 
He urged that the Representatives should attend the Finance budget hearings, and asked for 
support of the motion. The Town Manager spoke against the motion. The user fee that is paid to 
the City of Lowell is an accurate estimated cost. The Town knows the actual costs. There are 
more users coming on all the time, which causes more flow to the City of Lowell hence more 
charges to the Town to pay for the flow. If the money budgeted is not used it will be returned to 
free cash. More discussion took place regarding this issue. The Moderator asked for 
recommendations. The Finance Committee did not recommend the motion. The Board of 
Selectmen recommends the motion to amend 3-2 for purposes of discussion. The Board was 
polled. Selectman Dalton-Yes, Selectman Moran-Yes, Selectman McCall-Yes, Selectman 
Eliopoulos-No, Selectmen Weisfeldt-Yes, the vote was now 4-1 in favor of the motion to amend. 
Roger Sumner questioned the Finance Committee on their vote. Marcia Dobroth explained that 
based on the budget number and discussions with both the department head and the Town 
Manager, the Committee supports the budget based on these hearings. John Emerson of the 
Sewer Commission spoke against the motion. He cited that three years ago the monies weren't 
there to pay for surcharges from the City of Lowell billed the Town and the Manager had to 
come back asking for more. More discussion took place. Dennis Ready spoke against the motion 
to amend. Clare Jeannotte of the Finance Committee said that this is a logical and conservative 
way to fund this budget. The Moderator asked for further discussion, hearing none he asked for 
a show of hands on the motion to amend, motion defeated. He then asked if there was any need 
to hear further discussion on the main motion, hearing none, he asked for a show of hands on the 
main motion, motion carried, unanimously. The article reads as follows: 



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Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to raise and appropriate the sum of 
$64,991,259 to defray Town charges for the fiscal period July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000 
according to the following line items: 

Municipal Administration 

Personnel Services $1,240,975 

Expenses $588,831 

Chelmsford School Department $ 35,578,000 

Nashoba Technical High School 

Assessment $ 825,326 

Public Safety 

Personnel Services $ 7,3 1 1 ,439 

Expense $ 636,699 

Public Works 

Personnel Services $ 1,557,162 

Expense $ 3,506,448 
Offset Receipt ($ 968,086) 
TOTAL $ 4,095,564 

Sewer Commission 

Expense $ 20,000 

Cemetery Department 

Personnel Services $ 212,436 

Expense $ 35,275 

Community Services 

Personnel Services $ 492,295 

Expense $ 196,800 

Library 

Personnel Services $ 866,221 

Expense $3 14,607 

Undistributed Expenses $ 5,866,647 

Debt and Interest 

Principal $4,991,383 

Interest $ 1,718,801 

UNDER ARTICLE 3. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
$7,500 Conservation fees under Wetlands Special Revenue Fund to reduce the Conservation 
Commission Budget Fiscal Year 2000. 

The Town Manager explained that this is a standard yearly article. The part-time conservation 
agent is funded from fees paid. The Finance Committee recommends the article. The Board of 
Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, 
motion carried, unanimously. 



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UNDER ARTICLE 4. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
the sum of $1,245,000 from Sewer Betterment's, Special Revenue, to reduce the exempt portion 
of debt and interest in the Fiscal Year 2000 Budget. 

The Town Manager explained that this is a standard article. It reduces the amount of taxes to 
fund the sewer project. He asked for support of the article. The Finance Committee 
recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator 
asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 5. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
the sum of $310,698 from Sewer Rate Relief Funds, Special Revenue, to reduce the exempt 
portion of debt and interest in the Fiscal Year 2000 Budget. 

The Town Manager explained that the money comes from the State. It helps reduce the amount 
of tax money used for the project. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board 
of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of 
hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 6. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $150,000.00 to be used as a Reserve Fund at the discretion of the Finance 
Committee, as provided in General Laws Chapter 40, Section 6. 

The Town Manager explained that this is for unforeseen emergencies needed through the year. 
The amount needed has been reduced over the past years. The Finance Committee recommended 
the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote by 
way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 7. Cemetery Superintendent John Sousa moved that the Town vote to 
transfer the sum of $24,000.00 from the sale of the graves and lots to the Cemetery Improvement 
and Development Fund. 

Cemetery Superintendent John Sousa explained that this is a standard article. This transfer of 
funds from the Sale of Cemetery lots is used for the improvements of the cemeteries. The money 
doesn't need to be funded from taxes to do the improvements. The Finance Committee 
recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator 
asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 8. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $19,000 to engage a private accounting firm to prepare an audit of all 
accounts in all departments in the Town of Chelmsford. 

The Town Manager said this is for the annual yearly audit. The books and all grant monies are 
checked. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion 
carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 9. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to 
appropriate the sum of $2,005,200 for the following capital projects: 



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Department 


Project 


Expenditure 


Fire 


North Station Roof 


$15,000 




Quint ( ladder truck/pump Engine) 


$500,000 


Police 


Cruiser Replacement 


$135,000 




Public Safety Subtotal 


$6!>0,000 


DPW 


Drainage Improvements 


$100,000 




Loader 


$185,000 




Backhoe 


$100,000 




Pick-up truck 


$25,000 




One Ton Dump Trucks (2) 


$65,000 




Brush Chipper 


$25,000 




Public Works Subtotal 


$500,000 


Elder Services 


Van Replacement 


$42,000 




Kitchen Equipment 


$19,000 




Community Services Subtotal 


$61,000 


McCarthy Middle 


Roof Repairs 


$40,000 


South Row 


Roof Replacement 


$340,000 


Technology 






CHS & Middle Schools 


Classroom Computers/Printers 


$234,000 


Various Schools 


Telecommunications 


$105,200 




Furniture Replacement 


$60,000 




Video Projector 


$15,000 




School Department Subtotal 


$794,200 




CAFlIATrKOJECTS TOTAL 


$2,005,200 



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And to transfer the sum of $900,000 from Free Cash, transfer $1,095 from unexpended bond 
proceeds under Article 30 of the Annual Town Meeting of May 5, 1994, transfer $7,147from 
unexpended bond proceeds under Article 3 of the Annual Town Meeting of April 24, 1995, 
transfer $24,007 from unexpended bond proceeds under Article 6 of the Annual Town Meeting 
of April 29, 1996, transfer $9,046 from unexpended bond proceeds under Article 6 of the Annual 
Town Meeting of April 28, 1997, and to authorize the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board 
of Selectmen, to borrow $1,065,000 under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44, Sections 7 
and 8 or any other enabling authority to fund these obligations. 

The Town Manager explained that $900,000.00 will come from free cash and $1,065,000.00 will 
be borrowed, he went over the list of items. The Fire Department needs a new truck, the present 
one is twenty-five years old. The cruiser replacement is an on going process of taking five old 
cruisers off the road and replacing with new ones. Drainage lines are being replaced while 
streets are opened for the sewer project. The DPW needs proper equipment to maintain two 
hundred miles of roads. The Elder Services are replacing a donated van. The kitchen equipment 
at the Senior Center needs to be replaced; it is twelve years old. The Friends of the Senior 
Center first brought it. School roofs need to be addressed. Technology for schools provides 
continuing educational investment. This article provides funding for items beyond the operating 
budget. Utilizes money in most efficient ways. The Finance Committee recommended the 
article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. Roger Sumner questioned if the DPW 
equipment purchased is new or used. The Manager explained that the equipment is brought new. 
It is kept for so long that it is not feasible to buy used equipment. Used equipment tends to mean 
purchasing someone else's problems. It has been done in the past and the equipment had 
problems that required a great deal of repairs. The Moderator asked for the need for further 
discussion. Hearing none he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, 
unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 10. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to raise 
and appropriate the sum of $25,000 for the purpose of funding the sand lease approved by the 
Town under Article 4 of the 1998 Special Town Meeting held on April 27,1998. 

The Town Manager explained that this is the first year of paying off the acquisition of land 
brought for sand. Instead of leasing the land as done in the past. The land contains a great 
amount of sand, enough for 20-25 years. Richard Day questioned the closeness of the 
excavating to the residential homes. George Merrill wanted to know what would the future use 
be? His concerns were because of the acquifer for the North Chelmsford Water wells. Bernard 
Lynch said possible recreational fields. The Finance Committee recommends the article. The 
Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show 
of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 11. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to raise 
and appropriate the sum of $20,000.00 to provide Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Payment 
Vouchers for services rendered, pursuant to an agreement by the Town Manager. 



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The Manager explained that this is an annual article. Chelmsford was the first community in 
Massachusetts to provide this service to residents. It allows seniors to work for the Town and 
receive vouchers to apply payment towards their real estate taxes. It has been extremely 
successful. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion 
carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 12. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to raise 
and appropriate or transfer from available funds $2,106.00 with which to meet bills from 
previous years. 

The Manager explained that this is a yearly article. The Finance Committee recommended the 
article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote by 
way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 13. Chairman of the Sewer Commission John P. Emerson Jr moved that 
the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen and/or the Sewer Commissioners to acquire 
any and all temporary and/or permanent easements, and any property in fee simple with 
buildings and trees thereon by purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, for the property located 
in the Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and further described and shown on a set of plans 
entitled "Plan of Sewer Easements in Chelmsford, Massachusetts Phase 4A Sewers dated March, 
1999 prepared for the Chelmsford Sewer Commission by Richard F. Kaminski & Associates, 
Inc.", a copy of which is on file in the office of the Town Engineer and is incorporated herein by 
reference, for the purpose of constructing and maintaining sewers, pumping stations, and all 
other appurtenances thereto; and paying any damages which may be awarded as the result of any 
such taking. 

John Emerson of the Sewer Commission explained that this is a yearly article, which needs to be 
voted in order to award a contract for the continuing sewer project. Jean Rook wanted to know if 
shade trees are replaced once removed. Only if the trees were taken due to the actual easement. 
If the trees were located in the easement they will not be replaced, however if they were located 
along the easement and had to be removed then those trees will be replaced. Money is built into 
the budget to allow for this. The Finance Committee recommends the article. The Board of 
Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. 
The Moderator declared that the motion passed by a 2/3' s vote citing the 2/3' s vote by-law. 

UNDER ARTICLE 14. Selectman Stuart G. Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to accept the 
following mentioned streets, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and shown by their reports 
duly filed in the office of the Town Clerk: 

Farley Brook Road 

Rolling Green Lane 



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Providing all the construction of the same meets with the requirements of the Board of 
Selectmen, and subject to the withholding of any remaining bonds until such requirements have 
been met; and to see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire any 
and all temporary and/or permanent easements, and any property in fee simple, with trees 
thereon, by purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, for the purpose of securing traffic safety 
and road improvements, and to raise and appropriate $ 2.00 to defray all necessary costs, fees 
and expenses in connection with the acquisition of said land and for paying any damages which 
may be awarded as a result of any such taking; and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
negotiate and execute all necessary and proper contracts and agreements thereto. 

The Town Manager explained that the above two streets have met all the requirements of the 
Town. Originally there were four streets, but two were not ready for acceptance as of yet. The 
Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. 
The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 15. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to 
authorize a revolving fund under Massachusetts General Laws C. 44, S. 53E Vi for the Council 
on Aging for Fiscal Year 2000. The receipts to be credited to the fund shall be from the 
collection of fees from the implementation of a Senior Trip program. The Council on Aging 
shall be authorized to spend money from the fund for the purpose of providing transportation 
necessary for implementing a Senior Trip program. Expenditures from the Senior Trip program 
revolving fund shall be limited to $ 300,000 during Fiscal Year 2000. 

The Town Manager explained that this is a revolving fund account, which needs to be approved 
each year per State law. This fund has been in effect for a few years. The Finance Committee 
recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator 
asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 



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UNDER ARTICLE 16. The Moderator read the article. The Town Manager explained that this 
would provide a forty-five foot easement area to the Middlesex Canal. The canal is a historic 
site. The goal is to provide educational information and access to the site. Jim Jason, an abutter 
to the site asked if there would be a gate? Jacob Sartz questioned if the Water Commissioners 
had been notified of this? The East Chelmsford's acquifer is in the area shown. He felt that the 
Board of Selectmen hadn't made any effort to talk to the abutters. The Moderator asked for the 
recommendations of the Boards. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board 
of Selectmen recommended the article. Jim Jason spoke against the article. He cited that there 
have been many problems in the past with this particular area. His house is the only one on 
Canal Street and without a gate it would open up his property to all sorts of problems. It is a 
desolated area. In the past his home had been broken into. Dirt bikes get down in the area and 
problems arise. Kathy Redican a member of the East Water Commission expressed concerns for 
the Water Districts Office located on the Road as well as for the residents. Jeff Stallard member 
of the Historic Commission said that the Commission supported the Article. The Canal was 
established in the 1800's and it was the waterway used to get to Boston, by Chelmsford and 
surrounding Towns that it ran through. Bill Martin who grew up in the area spoke against it 
because of the desolation, and reputation, residents concerns are justified. David McLachlan 
spoke in favor. Selectman Philip Eliopoulos said that this is to allow the Selectmen to sign the 
paperwork. Before this would be done the Board would make sure that the concerns of the 
residents would be addressed. Peggy Dunn spoke in favor. Jane Drury of the Middlesex Canal 
Commission said that the Commission would not make a road through the area. They wanted to 
keep it as open space. Preserve it as a nature walk. The Commission does not want any traffic 
on the Road. Selectman Dalton said that this is the first time the Board has heard any opposition 
on the article. John Emerson felt that the article should be defeated and brought back at a later 
time once the issues and concerns of all have been addressed. The Moderator asked if there was 
any need for further debate. Hearing none he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, 
motion defeated. The article read as follows: 

Selectman Stuart G. Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
grant a 45 foot wide easement to the Middlesex Canal Association over a certain parcel of land 
off Brick Kiln Road, now or formerly known as Canal Street. The land is identified as Assessors 
Map 247, Lot 12, and is recorded at the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds at Book 6438, Page 
289, and Plan Book 152, Plan 1. The purpose of the easement is to provide access to the public 
and allow for the construction of improvements along the course of the Old Middlesex Canal. 

UNDER ARTICLE 17. Dwight Hayward moved to waive the reading of the article. Motion 
carried, unanimously. The Town Manager explained that this would allow the Town to put in 
place a by-law that legally prohibits any new wiring above ground. Utilities and the Town both 
feel that this by-law is needed in order to enforce the article that passed at last year's town 
meeting. It can be amended from time to time when the Town begins burying the cables in other 
areas underground. The Moderator asked for the various recommendations. The Finance 
Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The 
Chairman of the Planning Board Tracey Wallace Cody came forth and read the Planning Board's 
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Article 1 7 of the Annual Town Meeting proposed depression of overhead utilities in Chelmsford 
Center. The Chelmsford Planning Board held a duly noticed public hearing on April 14, 1999. 
The Chelmsford Planning Board, in accordance with G.L. c 166,s 22B, hereby reports that it 
finds and concludes that the public safety, health, convenience or welfare would be advanced by 
a program prohibiting the new installation construction of poles, overhead wires and associated 
overhead structures in the area known as Chelmsford Center, extending from Larcom Square 
through the Center, around the Common and north to the intersection of Chelmsford and Fletcher 
Street, all as described on a plan on file with the town Engineer. The Planning board therefore 
recommends to the Town Meeting that the Town Meeting vote in favor of adopting Article 1 7 of 
the April 26, 1999 Town Meeting Warrant. Steve Flynn questioned how this was going to be 
paid for. The Manager explained that a 2% charge of the individuals utility bill will be charged 
monthly to each bill. Steven Flynn questioned the time frame for this charge. How can it be 
controlled, what prevents the utility company from continuing the 2% charge once the project is 
over? The Manager said that this is a good point and all the more reason that the by-law should 
be passed. The Town will be able to keep track of the project and the amount of money that be 
charged and received. The Moderator asked if there was a need for further discussion, hearing 
none he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried. The articles reads as 
follows: 

Selectman Stuart G. Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to amend the General By-laws Article 
VII MISCELLANEOUS by adding the following: 

Section 18. Overhead Wires 

Definitions 

For purposes of this by-law, the definitions of "person", poles and overhead wires and associated 
overhead structures" and "utility" shall be the same definitions as that set forth in Section 22A of 
Chapter 166 of the General Laws. 

Prohibiting Installation of New Poles and Overhead Wires 

A. No utility shall install or construct, except by way of replacement or upgrading of 
existing facilities, any poles and overhead wires and associated overhead structures upon, along 
or across any public way within the parts of the Town listed in Article VII, Section 1 8-2-B and 
Article VII, Section 18-3-A of the General By-laws. Any poles and overhead wires and 
associated overhead structures upon, along overhead wires and associated overhead structures 
installed or constructed in violation of this by-law shall be immediately removed by the utility 
responsible therefore. 

This by-law applies to the following parts of Town: 

Any public way approved by the Planning Board after the effective date of this by- law 
unless waived by the Planning Board pursuant to the Subdivision Rules and Regulations. 

2. Any way in which the wires and utility facilities are underground as of the effective date of 
this by-law. 



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C. Any Person who installs or constructs any poles and overhead wires and associated 
overhead structures which are in violation of this by-law shall be punished by a fine of not less 
than one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars and not more than five ($5,000.00) dollars for each 
consecutive fifteen day period during which the failure continues. 

D. This by-law implements General Laws, Chapter 166, Section 22C and shall be 
construed in a manner consistent with the definitions in Section 22 A of Chapter 166. 

Removal of Existing Poles and Overhead Wires 

A. Any utility presently owning or operating poles or overhead wires and associated 
overhead structures within the Town of Chelmsford shall remove said poles or overhead wires 
and associated overhead structures. Said removal shall occur in the area known as Chelmsford 
Center extending from Larcom Square through the Center, around the Common and north to the 
intersection of Chelmsford and Fletcher Streets as_shown on a plan on file with the Town Clerk 
entitled "Chelmsford Center Utility Depression Area", dated March 15, 1999. 

B. Any Utility that fails to remove any poles or overhead wires and associated overhead 
structures required to be removed pursuant to Section 3-A of this by-law shall be punished by a 
fine of not less than one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars and not more than five thousand 
($5,000.00 ) dollars for each fifteen day period during which such failure continues; provided 
however, that no utility shall have been deemed to have violated this article, provided that: 

1. If replacement facilities for poles or overhead wires and associated overhead 
structures required to be removed will be needed in order for a utility to continue its service, the 
utility shall, within (60) days of the effective date of this article, petition the Board of Selectmen 
of the Town of Chelmsford pursuant to Section 22 of Chapter 1 66 of the General Laws for 
permission to install, erect, or construct under the public ways of the Town of Chelmsford 
replacement facilities for such poles or overhead wires and associated structures, and 

2. The Utility shall file with the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Chelmsford a plan 
(which shall be consistent with Section 3-A of this by-law), for removal of poles or overhead 
wires and associated overhead structures and, if needed, for their replacement with underground 
facilities, and 

3. In each calendar year beginning with the calendar year next following the effective 
date of this by-law and until all such poles or overhead wires and associated overhead structures 
shall have been removed any utility shall, in carrying out its plan, allocate and expend for the 
direct cost of demolition and construction (over and above the reasonable value of salvage) an 
amount which shall not be less than two percent (2%) of its gross revenues derived during the 
next preceding calendar year from its customers in the Town of Chelmsford: and 



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4. The utility shall, on or before the last day of March in each year, file with the Board of 
Selectmen of the Town of Chelmsford a statement signed under the penalties of perjury, by its 
Treasurer setting forth in detail the amounts spent by the utility during the immediate preceding 
calendar year in carrying out its plan; the purposes for which such expenditures were made, the 
gross revenues derived from its customers in the Town of Chelmsford during the immediately 
preceding calendar year; provided, however, that no utility which enters a cooperative agreement 
under Section 22 of Chapter 1 66 of the General Laws shall be deemed to have violated this by- 
law during the term such payments are to be made, so long as said utility shall not be in default 
of said cooperative agreement. 

And to authorize the Board of Selectmen to file a home rule petition to expedite the effective 
date of this by-law, notwithstanding the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 166, Section 22. 

UNDER ARTICLE 18. John P. Emerson Jr. moved that the Town vote to amend the zoning 
by-law and zoning map of the Town of Chelmsford to change from an IA - Limited Industrial 
District to a CB- Roadside Commercial District a portion of the IA - Industrial District located 
on the southerly side of Maple Road and Parkerville Road as shown on the zoning map. The 
area to be rezoned to CB- Roadside Commercial District shall be all of the land currently shown 
as IA on the zoning map westerly of the railroad line shown on said zoning map as New York, 
New Haven and Hartford R.R., or act in relation thereto. 

Attorney James Harrington representing Agway who is the petitioner of the article. The land is 
currently used by Agway who has been at this location for thirty-five years. Historically the land 
was zoned since 1956 to 1963 as retail. Then in 1963 it was changed to Industrial Use. The 
requested zoning change would bring the property into conformity with the current use of the 
property. Presently a variance or special permit is required from the Board of Appeals if any 
improvements are to be made because the property is non-conforming. The Moderator asked for 
the various recommendations. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of 
Selectmen recommended the article. The Chairman of the Planning Board Tracey Wallace Cody 
came forth and read the Planning Board's recommendation: 

The Planning Board of the Town of Chelmsford held a public hearing on March 24, 1999 on the 
above mentioned article after advertising a legal notice in the Chelmsford Independent on March 
4, 1999 and March 11, 1999, a minimum of 14 days before the hearing. A copy of the ad was 
sent to all abutting towns and the appropriate agencies, as required in the Massachusetts General 
Laws, Chapter 40A, Section 5. And the Planning Board discussed the merits of this zoning-law 
change. It is the opinion of the Planning Board that amending the Chelmsford zoning by-law, 
Section 2111, Official Zoning Map, by changing land in South Chelmsford bounded in part by 
Maple and Parkerville Roads and the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad from IA 
Limited Industrial to CB Roadside Commercial will provide conformity to the existing uses on 
that land. Therefore, in keeping with the general intent of the Zoning By-laws in the 
development of the community, Planning Board voted unanimously (6-0) to recommend this 
change in the Official Zoning Map. 

The Moderator asked if there was any need for further debate. Hearing none he asked for a vote 
by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 



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UNDER ARTICLE 19. Selectman Stuart G. Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to amend the 
zoning by-law and zoning map of the Town of Chelmsford to change from a CB-Roadside to IA- 
Limited Industrial District the property located on 10-12 Jean Ave. as shown on the zoning map, 
or act in relation thereto. 

Attorney Kevin Sullivan representing Allied Paving Corp. which has been a business in Town 
for the last fifteen years. His client was to operate a contracting yard. This would be an 
extension of the current IA zone into the CB zone. The use is substantially similar. The land 
has been vacant since 1995. There are no residential homes abutting the area. The Route 3 
bridge separates the residential home from the site. Directly next to the Site is a car wash and 
strip mall. He asked for support of the article. The Moderator asked for the various 
recommendations. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
recommended the article. The Chairman of the Planning Board Tracey Wallace Cody came forth 
and read the Planning Board's recommendation: 

The Planning Board of the Town of Chelmsford held a public hearing on March 24, 1999 on the 
above mentioned article after advertising a legal notice in the Chelmsford Independent on March 
4, 1999 and March 11, 1999, a minimum of 14 days before the hearing. A copy of the ad was 
sent to all abutting towns and the appropriate agencies, as required in the Massachusetts General 
Laws, Chapter 40 A, Section 5. And the Planning Board discussed the merits of this zoning-law 
change. It is the opinion of the Planning Board that amending the Chelmsford Zoning by-law, 
Section 2111, Official Zoning Map by changing land on 10-12 Jean Avenue from CB Roadside 
Commercial to IA Limited Industrial is consistent with land uses in the area. 

Therefore, in keeping with the general intent and purpose of the Chelmsford Zoning by-law, the 
Planning Board voted 5-0 with 2 abstentions (due to ineligibility) to recommend the zoning 
amendment, subject to the revised plan dated April 14, 1999. 

The Moderator asked if there was any need for further debate. Hearing none he asked for a vote. 
The Moderator said that this required a 2/3' s vote and asked for a show of hands, The 
Moderator declared that the motion passed by a 2/3's vote citing the 2/3's vote by-law. 

UNDER ARTICLE 20. Town Manager Bernard F. Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
the Fiscal Year 1 999 operating budget under Article 2 of the Annual Town Meeting held on 
April 27, 1998 as follows: 

Decrease Line Item #10, Cemetery Personnel Services, by $12,300 

Increase Line Item #11, Cemetery Expenses, by $12,300 

The Town Manger explained that this is a budgetary amendment. An employee was injured on 
the job and the Cemetery Department had to hire contract help. The money to pay this cost is 
under the personnel line item, and needs to go under the expense in order to pay the amount 
required. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
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Before the Moderator took the vote on Article 20, he announced that Susan Olsen of the Finance 
Committee had submitted a letter of resignation. He thanked Susan for all her time and efforts. 
The Body responded with a round of applause. He then announced that if anyone was interested 
in the position to please contact him. He asked that the Body clear off their tables. He then 
asked for a show of hands on the vote for Article 20. Motion carried, unanimously. 

The Moderator then declare that seeing there was no further business at hand, the Annual Town 
Meeting was adjourned. The Meeting adjourned at 10:30 PM. 



Dennis E. McHugh, Moderator 



Mary E. St.Hilaire, Town Clerk 



Annual Town Meeting October 18, 1999 



The Annual Fall Town Meeting was called to order at 7:30 PM at the Senior Center. The 
Moderator Dennis E. McHugh recognized the presence of a quorum. There were 142 Town 
Meeting Representatives present. The Moderator went over the rules and procedures of the 
meeting. He then asked for a moment of silence for Charlotte DeWolf, former Town Clerk, 

ill 

Treasurer/Tax Collector who had passed away August 26 . 

Selectman Stuart Weisfeldt moved that the reading of the Constable's return of the warrant be 
waived. Motion carried, unanimously. Selectman Stuart Weisfeldt moved that the reading of the 
entire warrant be waived. Motion carried, unanimously. The Moderator requested that Bernie 
DiNatale a non-resident of the school department staff, be allowed if needed to address the body. 
Motion carried. 

UNDER ARTICLE 1. Selectman Stuart Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to hear reports of 
the Town Officers and Committees. 



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Superintendent Dr Richard Moser of the School Department gave a summary of the Facilities 
Study Interim Report that was available for the Representatives. The firm of Drummey Rosane 
Anderson Inc. (DRA) was the architectural firm chosen by the School Committee. There were 
three major components that DRA focused on. Demography /enrollment projections, conditions 
of all school buildings, and evaluate the educational environment within the buildings. The last 
two areas have been completed. This first area has been delayed due to the unavailability of data 
from the Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research (MISER). This information 
was not made possible until this past August.. The information received is only a preliminary 
report. The consultant has projected a high, medium and low enrollment level based upon 
varying predictions of "in-migration". (this is the number of homes without school aged children 
potentially turning over to families with school aged children). The figures that the School 
Department arrived at using their own projections were very similar to the results that DRA 
predicted. Currently the five elementary schools will serve well over the next ten years. This is 
not true with the Middle Schools and the High School. The Building Needs Committee along 
with the Town Manager and himself are reviewing the report and will make a future decision. 
There are no specific plans yet, perhaps by the Spring Town Meeting a more definite report will 
be given. 

State Representative Carol Cleven and State Senator Susan Fargo came forward and gave 
updates of past and pending bills. 

The Moderator then introduced the four newest members of the Finance Committee, William 
Gilet, Sam Chase, Eugene Schwamb and Mary Frantz. The Town Meeting responded with a 
round of applause. 

The Moderator asked if there were any further reports? Hearing none, he moved that the Body 
accept the reports given. Motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 2. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to appropriate 
from free cash $750,000 for the reduction of the tax rate. 

The Town Manager explained that this has become a yearly goal of the Board of Selectmen and 
himself to use free cash if available to reduce the tax rate. This represents savings for the 
average taxpayer of sixty dollars. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board 
of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for any 
further discussion, hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion 
carried. 

UNDER ARTICLE 3. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
from Free Cash $650,000 to the Stabilization Fund. 

The Town Manager explained that the Town has available 1.8 million dollars in free cash. 
Presently the economy is good, however, eventually there may be a downturn and the Town 
must be prepared for it. Therefore, money is being set aside in the stabilization fund, to continue 
funding capital planning articles that had been approved, if the economy changes. This figure 
represents 8% of the budget. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of 
Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for any further 
discussion, hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion carried. 

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UNDER ARTICLE 4. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to raise and 
appropriate $5 1 8,670 to the Stabilization Fund. 

The Town Manager explained that this is money from the State being set aside to fund the Center 
School project. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for any further discussion, 
hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 5. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
from Free Cash $2,187 with which to pay bills of previous fiscal years. 

The Town Manager explained that this is the amount of money needed to pay for bills received 
after June 30 th . The amount is to pay a retired employee's medical bill, printing cost, and another 
bill for $130.00. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for any further discussion, 
hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 6. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
from Free Cash $59,889 to the School Department, said funding coming from Medicaid 
reimbursements. 

The Town Manager explained that this has become a standard article. The School Department 
tracks down Medicaid reimbursements each year to date. He showed a chart that indicated the 
amounts collected over the years. A total of $450,395.00 has been collected. This year's amount 
is down from previous years due to billing errors and conversions. He felt that next year's 
amount will be nearly the same as previous years. Other communities apply this money back to 
their insurance premium costs, but it's been our policy, that where the School does all the work 
tracking the money, it would go back into their budget. The Finance Committee recommended 
the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was 
any need for any further discussion, hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of 
hands. Motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 7. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
$20,932 from Special Revenue to the School Department, said funding coming from E-Rate 
reimbursements. 

The Town Manager explained that the School Department has applied for and received this 
money as a result of the telecommunications act. This is part of the funding plan that the School 
Department has developed for their project. The Finance Committee recommended the article. 
The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need 
for any further discussion, hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion 
carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 8. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend the 
Fiscal Year 2000 operating budget under Article 2 of the Annual Town Meeting held on April 
26, 1999 as follows: 

Increase Line Item #3 Chelmsford School Dept. by $250,000 
Decrease Line Item #17 Debt Principal by $399,914 
Decrease Line Item #18 Debt & Interest by $16,131 

And that the Town raise and appropriate the necessary funds to defray such changes. 

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The Town Manager explained the budget process. Estimates were made in January and March 
based on revenue received in previous fiscal year, and the needs for the upcoming year. In some 
areas the figures in estimated revenues received were higher, in other areas they were lower. 
There is a need for additional monies in up coming warrant articles. By passing this article, with 
the amounts shown, will result in a balance budget of $784,469. A discussion took place. 
Questions were asked. What were the warrant articles in question that had money involved? 
The Manager listed: $1 1,500 for the South Row School roof, $600,000. for the stabilization fund, 
$60,000. for the Adams Library Project, $25,000 for the proposed water study, $70,000 for the 
purchasing of the East School/Boy Scout house, $110,000. for the proposed skateboard park, 
$59,889 for the Medicaid reimbursement The Finance Committee recommended the article. The 
Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for any 
further discussion, hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion 
carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 9. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Article 4 of the Annual Town Meeting held on April 26, 1 999 by decreasing the transfer of 
Sewer Betterments, Special Revenue, to reduce the exempt portion of debt and interest in the 
Fiscal Year 2000 Budget by $400,000 . 

The Town Manager explained that money is set aside from Sewer Betterments to pay for the 
sewer debt. This keeps the project cost from "spiking" on certain years, it keeps it at constent 
level. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended 
the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for any further discussion, hearing none, 
he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion carried. 

UNDER ARTICLE 10. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to raise and 
appropriate $10,000 to fund the Community Action Program established under Article 12 of the 
April 29, 1 996 Annual Town Meeting. The purpose of this program shall be to provide matching 
funds to community improvement projects undertaken by individuals and/or organizations within 
the Town of Chelmsford. 

The Town Manager explained that this is "seed" money that is used to by neighborhood groups 
or a Town organization that wants to make an improvement to an area. This would allow a 
group to begin the process, and then they will continue to raise the funds necessary to complete 
the project. It's a program much like the Senior Citizen Tax rebate program. The Town offers 
these programs as incentives to encourage citizens to make improvements. The Finance 
Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The 
Moderator asked if there was any need for any further discussion, hearing none,, he asked for a 
vote by way of a show of hands. Motion carried. 

UNDER ARTICLE 11. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to authorize 
the revolving fund under Massachusetts' s General law c. 44, sec. 53E l A for the Board of Health 
for Fiscal Year 2000. The receipts to be credited to the fund shall be from the collection of fees 
from the implementation of a Hepatitis B program. The Board of Health shall be authorized to 
spend money from the fund for the purpose of acquiring supplies and materials necessary for 
implementing a Hepatitis B program. Expenditures from the Hepatitis B Revolving Fund shall 
be limited to $3,500 during Fiscal Year 2000. 

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The Town Manager explained that this is a yearly article. It is a revolving fund with the Board 
of Health, which pays for equipment and supplies for school children who can't afford the 
Hepatitis B shot. Susan Gates asked if any other vaccines were supplied this way. No just the 
Hepatitis B program. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for any further discussion, 
hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 12. Selectman Stuart Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to grant a 45 foot wide easement to the Middlesex Canal Association over a 
certain parcel of land off Brick Kiln Road, adjacent to the former Middlesex Canal Towpath. 

The purpose of the easement is to provide access to the public and for canal preservation 
purposes, including the right to cut brush, keep clear and maintain the prism of the Old 
Middlesex Canal. 

The land is identified as Assessors Map 247, Lot 12, and is recorded at the Middlesex North 
Registry of Deeds at Book 6438, Page 289, and Plan Book 152, Plan 1. The proposed easement 
starts at the Southwest corner of the land, by the Old Middlesex Canal, and runs Southeasterly 
along said Canal, one hundred sixty (160) feet; more or less, to a stake and stones on land now or 
formerly of Daniel Reardon. 

Peggy Dunn explained that Jane Drury who is the Town's Representative to the Middlesex Canal 
Association was not available for the meeting, and that she would present the article. The 
purpose of the article is to promote and preserve the historic remains of the 1 793 Canal that 
originated in Charlestown and ended in Lowell. The entrance would be on Brick Kiln Rd and 
access would end % of a mile from any dwellings. There would be signage along the path 
explaining the Canal's history. The Committee has held two site walks of the property, and had a 
public meeting that invited Town Meeting Representatives, the public and the abutters to the 
property in question. She asked for support of the article. The Moderator asked for the 
recommendation of the Finance Committee and the Board of Selectmen. Both boards said that 
they wanted to hear debate before any recommendations could be made. James Jason who is a 
direct abutter said that he did not receive any letter of the public meeting. He felt that the Town 
shouldn't grant the easement. There has been trouble in the past with the area. He himself has 
had housebreaks; cars get abandon on the property, dirt bikes go up and down the path. He feels 
that it is an area that people should not be encouraged to go to. Jacob Sartz asked that the article 
be defeated. He felt that the abutters concerns should be addressed. George Merrill spoke, in 
favor; he felt that the Committee had presented the article much better than in the Spring. Felt 
that the Body should support the article. David McLachlan spoke in favor of the article. 
Attorney Philip Nyman who represented the Jason Family and the East Chelmsford Water 
District, spoke against the article. He said that the abutters did not want public access to the 
area. The history of the area is not suitable for this type of activity. Kathleen Redican of the 
East Chelmsford Water Department said that the concern was for the water department's wells 
located in the area. This is East Chelmsford's only source of water. There has been past 
problems and felt that the commissioner's concerns merited consideration. A number of 
Representatives spoke in favor. Linda Prescott of the Historical Commission asked what would 
the funding be for this project? Peggy Dunn explained that the Massachusetts Middlesex Canal 

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Commission, which is a State agency would fund the proposed bollards that would be installed at 
the opening of the pathway off Brick Kiln Rd. There would be no cost to the Town. Linda 
Prescott then spoke in favor of the pathway. Robert Morse, Alternate Member of the Canal 
Commission also a member of the Master Plan Committee spoke in favor of the site. Selectman 
Weisfeldt asked if Police Chief Raymond McCusker would come forward and address the safety 
concerns. The Chief explained that there was a history of the area being a dumping area for 
stolen cars. There had been housebreaks in the past, however, now that the Department has 
access with motorcycles and 4 — wheel drive vehicles routine patrolling has been done and these 
problems have dropped off. James Jason said that presently the road is blocked off at both ends 
and once these sand piles are removed, everything will start again. Kathleen Redican said that it 
was her understanding that if the bollards are set up at the opening on Brick Kiln Rd., wouldn't 
these bollards prevent the opening from meeting ADA requirements for wheelchair access? 
Even though the purpose is to prevent vehicles from going down it won't stop a snowmobile 
from being able to get through if they're wide enough for a wheelchair. Robert Morse said that 
these bollards would have to be installed to meet ADA requirements. He felt that the dirt bikes, 
snow mobiles, over terrain vehicles etc., are coming in by way of the high-tension wires not the 
intended path. Fran McDougall moved the question to stop debate. The Moderator asked for a 
show of hands on the motion to stop debate, motion carried, unanimously. He asked for 
boards recommendations. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of 
Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote on the article by way of a 
show of hands. He declared that the motion carried by recognizing the 2/3's vote by-law. 

UNDER ARTICLE 13. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Article 9 of the Annual Town Meeting held on April 26, 1999 by increasing the appropriation for 
South Row School Roof Replacement by an additional $11,500 to $351,500, and the Town 
Manager moved that the Town vote to transfer $1 1,500 from Free Cash to defray such changes. 

The Town Manager explained that this was originally bided out as a roof repair project for the 
South Row School. It was determined that the roof was beyond repair and that the entire roof 
needed to be replace . The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of 
Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for any further 
discussion, hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion carried, 
unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 14. The Manager moved to withdraw the article. The Town is working 
with the State regarding the water level. Once an agreement is met, monies will be put aside in 
the annual budget to address the costs. The Moderator asked for a show of hands on the motion 
to withdraw. Motion carried, unanimously. The article reads as follows: 

That the Town vote to raise and appropriate, transfer and appropriate from available funds, a 
certain sum of money to provide technical assistance to the Town in making all necessary filings 
to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States Government for the purpose of 
effecting a drawdown of water level at Freeman Lake. 

UNDER ARTICLE 15. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
and appropriate from Free Cash, $1 10,000 to construct a skateboard park on a portion of land at 
the McCarthy School located on North Road, and reconstruct the tennis courts and basketball 
courts at the South Row School located on Boston Road . 

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The Town Manager explained that this originally was to be a Capital Planning article. The 
article was pulled due to the unavailability of a site. However, now that a site has been found 
and there is money available and it is a potential safety issue, the money should be spent. This 
concept is extremely popular on the West Coast and now becoming popular here. Municipal 
buildings and lots are being used. The Chief of Police and the Community Action Committee 
request support of building the park. The idea was to find an area in a nonresidential central 
area. Two sites had been viewed and not favorable. Due to the park not requiring having a 
specific shape, the area at the McCarthy can be used. It is a central location, and with the future 
building of the Police Station being located within the same area, it is ideal. Parents drive their 
children to facilities located in other communities. He further explained that while looking at the 
South Row School tennis courts as a potential site it was realized that the tennis courts were in 
disrepair, the basketball court also needed attention. This proposal would bring both courts up to 
standard and create a skateboard area. Questions and discussion took place. George Ripsom 
questioned the tennis courts. Is anybody new going to evaluate the courts and fix them 
correctly? The Manager explained that the courts were built on sand and the sand has shifted, 
causing cracks. A quick fix was done ten years ago, now they will be grinded down and hot 
topped over, much like roads are made. Mark Connors questioned if there would be any fees and 
is the Town covered for liability? No fees will be charged at this time. Due to there not being 
any staff, perhaps in the future. Liability insurance will cover the Skateboard Park. Signage will 
be posted requiring safety requirements. Helmets and kneepads must be worn. The rules will be 
posted and enforced and monitored by the police driving through the area. Jeff Stallard 
questioned the hours of operation. The Town Manager explained that the park would be closed 
during school hours, there will be no lights. The park will close at sunset. Pam Armstrong 
questioned if the School Committee were in favor. School Committee Chairman Anthony Volpe 
said the Committee was unanimously in favor of the article. Barbara Scavezze questioned if the 
park will be locked? Yes during the hours that the park is not opened it will be locked. Brian 
Latina questioned who would be responsible for maintaining these various courts? The Town 
Manager said that the Town would. Glenn Thoren questioned the material to be used? The 
material used in the West Coast is wood so most likely that is what will be used here. . He listed 
the surrounding towns that have skateboard parks. Nashua, Andover, etc. The Finance 
Committee did not recommend the article. Procedurally they felt that it should be a Capital 
Planning article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. Patrick Flaherty speaking as 
one of the youths that skateboard throughout the Town, asked for support. He said the Police are 
always moving the skateboarders along or telling them to find another place. There is no other 
place. The Town Manager said that the park should have been listed as a Capital Planning 
article, but now is the time for it and asked for support. A number of Representatives spoke in 
favor. Samuel Poulten, Anthony Volpe, Leslie Matthews. John Emerson moved the question to 
stop the debate. Motion carried. The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. 
Motion carried. 

UNDER ARTICLE 16. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
and appropriate from Free Cash, $25,000 to engage an independent consulting firm to conduct a 
townwide water study for the Town of Chelmsford. 



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The Town Manager explained that the Board of Selectmen and himself want to study the number 
of issues concerning the water departments resources and needs. These are Town wide concerns, 
not just individual water districts. He had awarded the contract pending Town Meeting action on 
the article to SEA Inc of Cambridge. He gave an outline of the objectives. Review all available 
reports and data pertaining to the existing Districts system. Confirm facilities and water quality 
by investigation and conference with the District Superintendents. Adopt population projections. 
Evaluate the quality of all sources. Generally evaluate the adequacy of the district's water 
system to meet projected demands. Estimate the cost to accomplish general improvements in 
order to enable the system to meet future demands. Evaluate to see if short and long-term 
demands can be met. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of water supply and distribution 
systems within the Town. Provide recommendations for improvements and Town Action. 
Questions and discussion took place. Glenn Thoren question if this was a ploy to combine the 
three water districts. He was assured that this was just a study, lets wait and see what the results 
of the report will be. Kathleen Redican, East Chelmsford Water district Commissioner said that 
the East Water had finished their own study and had given the report to the Town Manager. She 
also said that the individual districts must vote on what to do that the Town can't make them do 
anything. Leonard Richards questioned if all the Districts were in favor of the study? The 
Manager said that Center and East both supported the study and that North was willing to co- 
operate. The Finance Committee supported the article. The Board of Selectmen supported the 
article. Claire Jeannotte spoke in favor. George Merrill spoke against. Felt that the people were 
paying twice for the study. North and East had done a study already why should the people pay 
again. All Districts are govern by State regulations and asked that the Body defeat the article. 
Selectman William Dalton urged that the Body support the article. During the past summer there 
was a drought throughout the entire area not just Chelmsford. Many people were concerned that 
the water supply was in jeopardy, now is the time to have questions reviewed and answered. 
Barry Balan moved the question to stop debate. The Moderator asked if there was a need for 
further debate, hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. The Moderator 
declared the motion carried, by recognizing the 2/3's vote by-law. He then asked for a vote by 
way of a show of hands, motion carried. 

UNDER ARTICLE 17. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to transfer 
and appropriate from Free Cash, $60,000 to complete the reconstruction of the Adams Library as 
provided under Article 6 of the Annual Town Meeting held on October 21, 1996 . 

The Town Manager explained that this money is needed to complete the Library project, which 
is a little behind schedule. This extra money is for site cost. There were many boulders on the 
property and borings couldn't be done. Plans are being made to recoup the additional site cost, 
but the project must be complete before any money can be recovered. The Library endowment 
fund has raised over $500,000.00, however this money is to be used for furnishings etc. It is the 
Town's responsibility to cover this added expense. The Finance Committee recommended the 
article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was 
any need for further discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, 
motion carried. 



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UNDER ARTICLE 18. Selectman Stuart Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to transfer the 
care, custody, control, and management of the Center School parcel, Assessor's Map No. 105, 
Parcel No. 2, from the Board of Selectmen to the School Committee to be held for school 
purposes. 

The Manager explained that the Center School project is complete. In order for the building to 
be classified as a school building, it must be officially turned back over to the School 
Department. This is the purpose of the article. The Finance Committee recommended the article. 
The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need 
for further discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion 
carried, unanimously. 

At this time the Town Manager requested that article 23 be taken out of order and acted upon at 
this session. The architect handling the Police Station project is at this meeting and may not be 
able to be available at the next meeting. The Finance Committee was in favor of the motion to 
take article 23 out of order. The Board of Selectmen was in favor of the motion. The Moderator 
asked if there was any need for further discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of 
a show of hands, motion carried unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 23. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend the 
votes taken under Article 11 of the April 27, 1998 Town Meeting and Article 14 of the October 
19, 1998 Annual Town Meeting to appropriate $800,000, in addition to the sum of $4,890,000 
previously appropriated, for the purpose of designing, constructing and originally equipping a 
police station; this appropriation shall be raised by borrowing. 

The Manager explained the history of the land in question. It was an area that the Sewer 
Department was using for disposing of fill and boulders. The increase is for the additional site 
cost for removing boulders. Borings have been done and the work can be done, but there is a 
cost. Part of the additional cost is for a pistol range, firearm training area and a ventilation 
system. Now is the time to do these things while the building is being built. It's more cost 
efficient to do it now rather then come back at a future time when the cost will be much greater 
to modify the building to meet these needs. The present training is done at the Lowell Sportsman 
Club twice a year, and has been done there for the last fourteen years. The Town can't depend on 
this; clubs like the one the Town uses are closing down. He stressed again that the area is not 
going to be just a shooting range. It will be a training area for chemical spraying, baton, 
handcuff s and dim light. This area will be used constantly not just twice a year. If the Town 
fails to train, then liability becomes an issue that must be considered. The Town Manager said 
that the building will be one of cost efficient as well as good future use, the money will be will 
spent, and asked for support of the article. Questions and discussion took place. Susan Gates 
asked if the amount requested was just for digging out the area. No all costs are being assessed 
and are ready to operate when the station opens. Mark Connors asked if the Rt. 3 project would 
effect the area in question. No, this has all been reviewed everything is fine. Kathy Howe 
questioned the increase in square footage. The Manager explained that the original building was 
7,000 sq. ft. This new construction would increase it to 30,000 sq. ft. Thomas Christiano asked 
if another alternative site could be used. No, the site cost would be the same. John Wilder asked 
if there was any reimbursement from the State or Federal government, and is it the most 
expensive project of the Town. The Manager explained that there is nothing available. Not 

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really sure if it would be considered the most expensive project. The Town would be paying for 
it over the next fifteen years. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of 
Selectmen recommended the article. Glenn Thoren spoke in favor of the article. He felt that 
the Police deserve and should be trained as well as possible. Dennis Ready spoke in favor. 
George Merrill spoke against. He felt it should be in the budget. It is a worthy cause. The Town 
Manager said that this is a Capital Planning article, not a budgetary article. John Coppinger 
moved the question to stop debate. The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. 
Motion carried, unanimously. He then asked for a vote of the article by way of a show of 
hands. Motion carried. 

Dwight Hayward moved that the meeting be adjourn until Thursday October 21, 1999, at the 
Senior Center on Groton Rd. The Moderator asked if there was a need for further debate, hearing 
none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. Motion carried, unanimously. The 
Meeting adjourned at 1 1 :05 PM. 



Dennis E. McHugh, Moderator 



Mary E. St.Hilaire, Town Clerk 



Adjourned Annual Town Meeting October 25, 1999 



The Adjourned Fall Town Meeting was called to order at 7:40 PM at the Senior Center. The 
Moderator Dennis E. McHugh, recognized the presence of a quorum. There were 140 Town 
Meeting Representatives present. 

UNDER ARTICLE 19. Selectman Stuart Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to transfer the 
care, custody, management and control of the following described parcel of land to the Board of 
Selectmen to be held for the purpose of conveyance and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
convey in accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 3 OB, for consideration to be 
determined, all right, title, and interest, if any, held by the Town in a certain portion of a parcel 
of land on Bridge Street shown as Lot 22 on Assessors Map 184, containing 19,602 square feet 
more or less, and more fully described in a deed recorded in the Middlesex North Registry of 
Deeds in Book 1448, Page 41. 

The Town Manager explained that a resident had asked for the Town to sell this piece of 
property, the Town will consider it. The land is land locked, the individual owns several lots 
that are buildable around this piece. The Town must notify all the abutters and go out for a 
competitive bid. A condition will be made that no dwelling will be placed on the actual lot, 
however, it could be combined with another lot. The Finance Committee recommended the 
article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked for a vote on 
the article by way of a show of hands. He declared the article passed by recognizing the 2/3's 
vote by-law. 

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UNDER ARTICLE 20 . The Moderator declared that this article could not be voted on because 
the motion was not signed. The article read as follows: To see if the Town would vote to amend 
the Zoning By-Law, Section 2111, Official Zoning Map, of the Town of Chelmsford, to change 
from a P - Public District to a CB - Roadside Commercial District, that parcel of land located at 
60 Carlisle Street and known as Assessors Map 239, Lot 35, as shown on the zoning map. 

UNDER ARTICLE 21. Selectman Stuart Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to acquire by purchase, gift, eminent domain, or otherwise, the property 
located at 60 Carlisle Street in the Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts shown as Lot 35 on 
Assessors Map 239, containing 28,442 square feet more or less, and more fully described in a 
deed recorded in the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Book 3028, Page 133; and to transfer 
from Free Cash, $70,000 for said acquisition. 



The Town Manager explained that this is known as the East School property. The Boy Scouts 
purchased the property in the mid 80' s from the Town for $28,000. Now they must sell the 
property. The Town offered to buy it for the outstanding mortgage, of $53,000, however they 
decided to market the property. After meeting with the residents it was determined that their 
main concern was that they wanted the Town to obtain the property. Most likely the building 
would be razed, because it would be to expensive to bring up to code and maintain, and use as a 
parking lot for the adjacent ball field. The Town offered a bid of $70,000. The Boy Scouts said 
that they had an offer of $150,000. The Town will not match that offer. It was estimated that the 
cost for demolition of the building and re-paving of the parking lot would be around $80,000. If 
that was paid on top of the $150,000 the total cost would be $230,000. Due to an agreement 
between the Town and the Scouts when the Scouts purchased the property, the Scouts are able to 
deduct their initial purchase price and any property improvements from the sale. Then the Town 
is entitled to 50% of the profit from the sale of the property. The Town Manager requested that 
the Body approve the article, if for whatever reason the offer isn't accepted. It would be 
contingent that the Selectmen would be able to counteroffer, without having to go through the 
Town Meeting process. He explained that to his knowledge there was no signed purchase and 
sale agreement on the $150,000. offer. If the sale does go through, then the money would be 
returned to free cash. Kathy Howe questioned what improvements had been made to the 
property? The Manager said he was told $20,000. worth of improvements had been made, 
however verification of receipts would need to be provided. Gerald Pacht questioned why the 
Town just doesn't purchase the property? In theory, by the time the profit formula is worked out 
it would really cost the Town an additional $30,000. Kathleen Redican said that there is no 
parking for the field that is adjacent to the property. The field is on a dangerous curb. If the 
Town doesn't purchase the property, then what alternatives will be made to elevate the situation. 
The Manager explained that the Town had a proposed plan prior to this situation. It could put a 
parking lot on the field with an entrance along the property line located where the present 
homeplate is. Billy Martin wanted to know who the potential purchaser was. The Town 
Manager said it was his understanding that Merrimack Education Center who already owns 
property in Town was the prospective bidder. If they purchased it then the building would have 
to be brought up to code. Also new electrical work and windows would be needed. Susan Gates 
questioned what the cost would be for the parking lot built on the field. The Manager said that 
the estimated cost was $40,000.The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of 

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Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? 
Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands. He declared that the motion 
carried, by recognizing the 2/3's bylaw. 

UNDER ARTICLE 22. Selectman Stuart Weisfeldt moved that the Town vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to abandon and release to Troop 45, Boy Scouts of America, with respect to 
the land shown on Assessors Map 42, Lot 2, the restriction and right of reverter set out in a deed 
from the Town to Troop 45, Boy Scouts of America, dated July 31, 1947, recorded with the 
Middlesex North Registry of Deeds in Book 1084, Page 231, for consideration of $1.00 and on 
such other terms and conditions as the Selectmen may determine. 

The Town Manager explained that this land was sold to the Boy Scouts in 1947 for $1.00. The 
Scouts can't sell the property without approval from the Town. The Scouts want to sell the 
property to the Chelmsford Water District, that is the purpose of the article. The Manager felt 
that restrictions would be contingent on the sale regarding structures etc. Arthur Carmen wanted 
to know how much money the Town would get from the sale. The Manager said none, this 
would just release the conditions and add restrictions of buildings possibly terms of condition 
regarding the East School property. Barry Balan questioned if the Water Department had 
approved of this sale yet. Ronald Wetmore of the water district said that a special meeting would 
have to be called. He didn't want any restrictions placed on the property. Susan Carter 
questioned if any conservation restrictions could be placed on the property? Mark Connors 
questioned how the Town could prevent the Water District from selling the property. John 
Giorgio Town Counsel, said that the deed could be written to protect the Town's future interest 
in the property. More questions were asked. Stuart Weisfeldt said that the Board of Selectmen 
would do everything in their power to prevent any development of the lot. The Finance 
Committee was against the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. A 
discussion took place. Judy Olsson spoke against the article. She felt that this Town give a 
tremendous amount of support to the youth of the Town already, and the Boy Scouts shouldn't 
take advantage of the generosity. Arthur Carmen moved to amend the article. By deleting the 
words contained in line 5 which read "for consideration of $1.00" and substitute in their place 
the words "for consideration of the fair market value of the land or the sales price, whichever is 
greater." He felt that the Scouts only wanted to sell the land for profit. They shouldn't be 
allowed to make any money on it. The Finance Committee was against the motion to amend. 
The Board of Selectmen were against the motion to amend. The Moderator asked for a vote on 
the motion to amend, motion defeated. Christopher Garrahan moved to amend the article. He 
wanted to restrict the sale to the Water Department for water supply use only. A discussion took 
place regarding his amendment. Town Counsel John Giorgio went over the wording of the 
Garrahan motion and felt that it needed to be more specific. An unofficial recess took place 
while the Board of Selectmen, Christopher Garrahan, and Counsel discussed the amendment. 
During this time the Moderator announced that Halloween would be celebrated on Sunday 
October 3 1 st from 5Pm to 8Pm.. The Moderator read the actual Garrahan motion to amend. Add 
to the end of the article, "and such sale of land shall be restricted to the Center Water District, 
and provided further that no structures or other improvements for water supply or other purposes 
shall be constructed by the Water District without the approval of the Board of Selectmen, and 
that the Water District shall not be permitted to convey the parcel to any other party without 
town meeting approval.." The Finance Committee recommended the motion to amend. The 

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Board of Selectmen recommended the motion to amend. A discussion took place. David 
McLachlan spoke against the motion. He felt that the Scouts shouldn't be able to gain financial 
profit. Ronald Wetmore Water Commissioner, felt that there shouldn't be any type of 
restrictions. The time may come in the future that a water tower must be built, or a pumping 
station may need to go on the property. He urged for defeat of the amendment and the article. 
Let it come back at a future time. Christopher Garrahan explained that he is only trying to 
address the neighbors concerns in the immediate area, and it would help the Scouts. Adrienne 
Jerome spoke against the amendment and article. Felt that more facts and figures are needed. 
Arthur Carmen felt that the article should be tabled. Robert Hall said that the Boy Scouts should 
give the land back to the Town and then the Town should give the land to the Water Department. 
Frederick Marcks moved the question to stop debate., Motion carried, unanimously. The 
Moderator then took a vote on the motion to amend the article, motion defeated. He then asked 
for a vote on the main motion, motion defeated. 

UNDER ARTICLE 24. Chairman of the Finance Committee, Claire Jeannotte, moved that the 
Town vote to amend the General By-laws, Article II, Town Meeting, Section 2, Warrant Articles 
by deleting Section 2.2, Publications which reads as follows: 

Section 2.2 Publications - The warrant article shall be included in the Finance Committee report 
which shall be made available to Town Meeting Members and the public not less than two (2) 
weeks before either Town Meeting. The warrant articles for any Special Town Meeting shall be 
made available to the Town Meeting Members not less than fourteen (14) days before the 
Special Town Meeting. 

And replace with the following: 

Section 2.2 Publications - The warrant article shall be included in the Finance Committee report 
which shall be made available to Town Meeting Members and the public not less than one (1) 
week before either Town Meeting. The warrant articles for any Special Town Meeting shall be 
made available to the Town Meeting Members not less than fourteen (14) days before the 
Special Town Meeting. 



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Chairman of the Finance Committee, Claire Jeannotte, explained that the Finance Committee 
was not able to meet the requirements of this by-law. Many times they do not get the final 
figures for the articles until two weeks before the meeting. They must vote to accept or not 
accept any and all money articles, then have the book printed with their recommendations. The 
Committee felt that the time period should be reduced to one week before the Town Meeting. 
Questions and discussion took place. Why did the Committee get the figures so late? The Town 
Manager explained that sometimes figures are not available from the State. Sometimes he has to 
wait until the last minute for information so he can provide the Committee with exact figures for 
the money articles. Many times Representatives do not look at the Finance book until right 
before the Town Meeting, rather then provided incomplete information he wanted to provide as 
much as possible. The other choice was to not put items on the warrant until all the facts and 
figures are available then call a Special Town Meeting to act on articles. William Curry spoke in 
favor of the article. George Merrill spoke against the article. He felt that the book should be 
available two weeks prior to the meetings. The Representatives should attend the Finance 
meetings so they are aware of the facts and figures. Roger Sumner moved the question to stop 
debate. The Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, 
unanimously. He then asked for a vote on the article, motion defeated. 

UNDER ARTICLE 25. Chairman of the Finance Committee, Claire Jeannotte, moved that the 
Town vote to amend the General By-laws, Article II, Town Meeting, Section 4, Procedures by 
deleting the second and third paragraph of Section 4.1 Order of Precedence of Motions which 
reads as follows: 

The above table of motions in order of their precedence shall be printed on the inside of the front 
cover of the Finance Committee report for each of the annual Town Meetings. 

The following listing of common motions, classified according to their objectives, shall be 
printed on the inside of the back cover of the Finance Committee report for the annual Town 
Meetings. 

And replace with the following: 

The above table of motions in order of their precedence must be included in the Finance 
Committee report for each of the annual Town Meetings. 

The following listing of common motions, classified according to their objectives, must be 
included in the Finance Committee report for the annual Town Meetings. 

Chairman of the Finance Committee, Claire Jeannotte explained that the present by-law requires 
the table to be printed on the inside cover. It is an unnecessary extra expense. The Committee 
feels that they may want to occasionally put something else there pertaining to the meeting. The 
Finance Committee supported the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The 
Moderator asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried. 

UNDER ARTICLE 26. Chairman of the Sewer Commission, John Emerson Jr, moved that the 
Town vote to amend the Zoning By-law, Section 2300, Dimensional Regulations, by adding a 
new Section 2312 which reads: 

2312. Wastewater Pump Stations. Municipal wastewater pumping stations shall not be subject to 
the dimensional regulations of this section. 

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Andrew Sheehan explained that this was an item that should have been submitted when the 
zoning by-laws were updated last fall. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The 
Board of Selectmen recommended the article. Robert Morse of the Planning Board read the 
board's recommendation. The Planning Board of the Town of Chelmsford held a public hearing 
on September 22, 1999 on the above mentioned article after advertising a legal notice in the 
Chelmsford Independent of September 2, 1999 and September 9, 1999, a minimum of 14 days 
before the hearing. A copy of the ad was sent to all abutting towns and the appropriate agencies, 
as required in the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A, Section 5. At the meeting on 
September 22, 1999, the proponents, residents and the Planning Board discussed the merits of 
this Zoning By-Law change. The Planning Board found that this section was inadvertently left 
out of the 1998 Comprehensive Revision of the Zoning By-Law and should be reinserted into the 
zoning by-law. Therefore, in keeping with the general intent of the Zoning By-Law in the 
development of community, the Planning Board voted unanimously (6-0 ) to recommend the 
article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion, hearing none, he asked for a 
vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 27. Chairman of the Sewer Commission John Emerson Jr moved that the 
Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen and/or the Sewer Commissioners to acquire any 
and all temporary and/or permanent easements, and any property in fee simple with buildings 
and trees thereon by purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, for the property located in the 
Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and further described and shown on a set of plans entitled 
"Plan of Sewer Easement in Chelmsford, Massachusetts Crooked Spring Road Area - Phase 4B 
Sewers dated October, 1999 prepared for the Chelmsford Sewer Commission by Richard F. 
Kaminski & Associates, Inc. ", a copy of which is on file in the office of the Town Engineer and 
is incorporated herein by reference, for the purpose of constructing and maintaining sewers, 
pumping stations, and all other appurtenances thereto; and further, to authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to petition the Legislature to allow the installation and maintenance of sewer facilities 
on Town-owned conservation land. 

John Emerson, Chairman of the Sewer Commission explained that this is a requirement of the 
State for any community that uses self help money to purchase land for conservation purposes. 
The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the 
article. David McLachlan of the Conservation Commission spoke in favor of the article. The 
Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion, hearing none, he asked for a vote by way 
of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

Dwight Hayward moved that the reading of the article 28 be waived. Motion carried, 
unanimously. 



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UNDER ARTICLE 28. Robert Morse of the Master Plan Committee explained that this was 
part of the ongoing master plan project of the Town. It is the committee's recommendation to 
create this area for the Town's center. It will maintain a "village" concept while the proposals 
and completion of future improvements to the area are in the works. Andrew Sheehan, Land 
Use Co-Ordinator came forward and read and showed the metes and bounds of the proposed 
district. The Finance Committee didn't have any expertise on the matter, therefor did not want to 
make any recommendation. The Board of Selectmen were in favor of the article. The Moderator 
stated that he had the Planning Board's written recommendation. He questioned Town Counsel 
John Giorgio who verified that he could orally accept the written report and read it summarily to 
the Body. He said that the Planning Board held a public meeting on September 8, 1999. It had 
been advertised in the Chelmsford Independent August 19 and 26, 1999. Copy was sent to all 
abutting towns and appropriate agencies as required by statute. After discussing the merits of the 
change the Planning Board voted unanimously (6-0) to recommend the Center Village District. 
The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion, hearing none, he asked for a vote by 
way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. The article reads as follows: 

Robert Morse moved that the Town vote to amend the Zoning By-law by adopting the following 
amendments which will create a new Center Village District, by: 

A. 1. Amending Article II, Use, Dimensional and Timing Regulations, Section 2100. 
Districts, by inserting the following after the definition ofRM- Residential Multifamily District: 

"CV - Center Village District. This district is for maintaining downtown village character." 

Amending Article II, Use, Dimensional and Timing Regulations, Section 2111, Official Zoning 
Map, by creating a new CV - Center Village District, as it appears in the attached map: 

Insert existing & proposed CV District maps 

B. Amending Article IV, Special Regulations, by inserting a new Section 4700, 
which reads: 

4700. CENTER VILLAGE ZONING. 

4710. Purpose . CV (Center Village) zoning is intended to aid in revitalizing, preserving and 
expanding the village character of Chelmsford's traditional business districts. The qualities that 
make up the character of a traditional New England Village center are encouraged through: 

Maximum retail floor area to strengthen small business development. 

Shared parking to minimize curb cuts and maximize pedestrian safety. 

Residential uses are allowed as an accessory use to reinforce downtown village character. 

4720. Center Village Zoning Dimensional standards : 



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Minimum 
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May be partially or completely reduced by Special Permit from the Planning Board 
upon a finding that the setbacks as imposed by the district would result in construction of 
structures that are not in keeping with the area's scale and character. The Planning Board must 
further find that the relaxation of said standards will not interfere with or negatively impact 
abutting properties, particularly property used or zoned for residential purposes. 

For any structure of 600 square feet or larger. 

4730. Parking . 

4731. In the CV (Center Village) District, the required parking shall be reduced by 50 percent for 
the requirements of section 3120. " Number of Spaces ", except for multifamily use. 

Parking within front yards shall be prohibited. 

Parking lots of more than 20 spaces shall provide landscaping to equal 1 percent of the total 
paved area of the site. Such landscaping shall be contained within or adjacent to the parking lot. 

All drives and parking lots shall be edged with vertical granite curbing in accordance with MHD 
standard specifications. 

The Planning Board may waive full compliance with Section 3100 "Off Street Parking and 
Loading" by special permit, upon a finding that the strict compliance with the applicable section 
would result in construction of structures that are not in keeping with the area's scale and 
character. 

4740. Landscaping . 

The requirements of section 3500. " General Landscaping Requirements " shall not apply to the 
CV district, except for multifamily use. The Planning Board, during the Site Plan Approval 
process, shall require adequate landscaping to accomplish the objectives of this section. 

Design Standards . 

Architectural styles shall reflect and strengthen the character of primary buildings existing in the 
CV district. 

Exterior building materials shall be chosen to be consistent with those of the primary structures 
existing in the CV district. 

108 



Buildings shall be constructed with a minimum of two stories, or a suitable facade suggestive of 
two stories. 

Lighting shall be consistent with the character of a Village Zoning District. A lighting plan shall 
be required in conjunction with the Site Plan Review. Lighting shall be designed to illuminate 
the subject property and shall not encroach onto abutting properties. 

Amending Article III, General Regulations, Section 3100, Off-Street Parking and Loading, by 
inserting the following new category: 



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Amend Article IV. Special Regulations, Section 4500, Facilitated & Independent Senior Living, 
by amending S.5420 Standards, by adding a new column CV, as follows: 

4520. Standards . The following dimensional standards shall apply to Facilitated and Independent 
Senior Living Facilities: 





RM 


CA 


CB 


CC 


CD 


CV 


IA 


Minimum lot area (acres) 1 


5 


5 


5 


5 


5 


3 


7 


Minimum lot width (ft.) 


150 


125 


150 


200 


50 


50 


150 


Minimum lot depth (ft.) 


150 


125 





200 








150 


Minimum frontage (ft.) 


150 


125 


150 


200 


50 


50 


150 


Minimum front yard (ft.) 2 


40 


20 


60 


60 


20 


20 


40 


Minimum side yard (ft.) 


25 


40 


40 


40 


40 


40 


40 


Minimum rear yard (ft.) 


30 


40 


40 


40 


40 


40 


40 


Minimum building separation (ft.) 


25 


25 


25 


25 


25 


25 


25 


Maximum building coverage (%) 


35 


35 


35 


35 


35 


35 


35 


Maximum building height (ft.) 


35 


35 


35 


35 


35 


35 


35 


Minimum open space 
Independent Senior Living (%) 


10 


30 


30 


30 


30 


30 


30 


Maximum number of units per acre - 
Facilitated Living 3 


7 


7 


7 


7 


7 


7 


7 


Maximum number of units per acre - 
Independent Senior Living 4 


7 


4 


4 


4 


4 


7 


4 



A smaller lot size may be allowed by special permit from the Planning Board where such smaller lot is 
determined to promote the objectives of this Section 4500. 

2 Or twice the building height, whichever is greater. 

Up to 10 units per acre may be allowed by special permit from the Planning Board where increase is 
determined to promote the objectives of this Section 4500. 

4 Exclusive of open space requirement. Tract size minus open space requirement minus 
wetlands/floodplain not included in open space requirement times units per acre equals 
maximum number of units per tract." 

Dwight Hayward moved that the reading of the article 29 be waived. Motion carried, 
unanimously. 



115 



UNDER ARTICLE 29. Andrew Sheehan explained that the purpose of this article was to 
address certain zoning issues, to clarify inconsistency's in the by-law, also to add tables that were 
inadvertently left out of the Zoning By-Law passed last fall. A number of questions were asked 
concerning the parking spaces for day care and truck parking in residential areas. The Moderator 
asked for the various boards' recommendations. The Finance Committee didn't have any 
recommendation. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator said he had 
the Planning Board's written recommendation . He said that the Planning Board held a public 
meeting on September 8, 1999. It had been advertised in the Chelmsford Independent August 19 
and 26, 1999. Copy was sent to all abutting towns and appropriate agencies as required by 
statute. After discussing the merits of the changes, it is the opinion of the Planning Board that 
these changes to the Zoning By-laws are necessary. Therefore in keeping with the general intent 
of the Zoning By-laws in the development of the community. The Planning Board voted 
unanimously (6-0) to recommend the article. Discussion took place regarding the parking of 
trucks in residential districts. There was a concern about people being able to bring home 
company vehicles. Some people have big trucks as private vehicles are they going to be 
restricted? What if magnetic signs are used and removed and put back on the vehicle? Who 
would enforce the By-Law? Billy Martin moved to amend the article by deleting Section 3 1 80 
in its entirety. He felt that more information should be studied before passing. The Finance had 
no recommendation on the motion to amend. The Board of Selectmen supported the 
amendment. The Board had concerns about the section. The Moderator asked for a show of 
hands on the motion to amend. Motion carried, unanimously. The Moderator asked if there 
was any need for discussion on the main motion as amended, hearing none, he asked for a vote 
by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. The article as amended reads as 
follows: 

Robert Morse moved that the Town vote to amend the Zoning By-law by: 

A. Amending Section 2330 regarding accessory buildings, by inserting "or swimming pool" 
after "An accessory building" in the second sentence. 

The amended section will read: 

2330. Accessory buildings . No accessory building or structure, except a permitted sign or 
roadside stand, shall be located within a required front yard area. A detached accessory building 
may be located in the rear yard areas and on the same lot as a principal building, provided that 
not more than twenty-five (25) percent of the required yard area shall be so occupied, and further 
provided that an accessory building or swimming pool shall not be located nearer than ten (10) 
feet from the principal building and at least ten (10) feet from any side or rear lot line. An 
accessory building attached to its principal building or within ten (10) feet of it shall be 
considered an integral part thereof and as such shall be subject to the front, side, and rear yard 
requirements applicable to the principal building. 

Amending Section 3100 regarding of-street parking and loading by: 

1 . Inserting a new Section 3114 which reads: 

3114. The requirements set forth in Section 3100 may be reduced by Special Permit issued by 
the Planning Board upon a finding that such reduction will not detract from the objectives of this 
Section 3100. 

2. Amending Section 3120 regarding the number of required parking spaces for the following 
use by changing "One (1) space per two hundred (200)" to "One (1) space per five hundred 
(500)": 

116 



Manufacturing, truck terminals, wholesale 
establishments, public utility buildings other 
than their business office, warehouses and 
similar uses not normally visited by the 
general public 



One (1) space per two hundred (200) feet of 
net floor area. Provided, however, that the 
Inspector of Buildings may waive the actual 
construction of said space to no less than one 
(1) space per one and four-tenths (1.4) 
employees, plus one (1) space for each 
vehicle used in the operation upon issuance of 
a building permit or occupancy permit 



The amended section will read: 



Manufacturing, truck terminals, wholesale 
establishments, public utility buildings other 
than their business office, warehouses and 
similar uses not normally visited by the 
general public 



One (1) space per five hundred (500) feet of 
net floor area. Provided, however, that the 
Inspector of Buildings may waive the actual 
construction of said space to no less than one 
(1) space per one and four-tenths (1.4) 
employees, plus one (1) space for each 
vehicle used in the operation upon issuance of 
a building permit or occupancy permit 



And insert the following new categories: 



Child/day care 



One (1) space per four (4) students, plus one 
(1) space per employee on the largest shift, 
plus a dedicated drop-off zone adequate to 
accommodate a minimum of five (5) 
automobiles 



Self-Storage Mini- Warehouse 



A minimum of three (3) spaces per facility, 
plus one (1) space per one hundred (100) 
storage units 



3. Amending Section 3130 regarding size of parking spaces by deleting the existing which 
reads: 

"3130. Size of Parking Spaces . Parking spaces shall be no less than eight and five-tenths (8.5) 
feet in width and nineteen (19) feet in length." 

and inserting the following text and diagram regarding parking stall and aisle dimensions in its 
place: 

Section 3130. Size of parking spaces . 

The area of the parking lot shall be determined by the following table. 

117 



Angle 


Stall and Aisle Dimensions (ft.) 


X 


B 


C 


D 


E 


F 


G 


H 


/ 


30 


8.5 


16.9 


11.0 


26.4 


17.0 


4.3 


23.8 


16.5 


45 


8.5 


19.4 


13.5 


32.9 


12.0 


6.0 


19.4 


13.4 


60 


8.5 


20.7 


18.5 


37.2 


9.8 


7.4 


13.8 


9.5 


70 


8.5 


20.8 


19.5 


38.6 


9.0 


8.0 


9.4 


6.5 


80 


8.5 


20.2 


24.0 


38.9 


8.6 


8.4 


4.8 


3.3 


90 


8.5 


19.0 


27.0 


38.0 


8.5 


8.5 


0.0 


0.0 



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118 



STALL AND AISLE DIAGRAM 

4. Amending Section 3 1 50 regarding parking and loading area design and location by: 

a. adding the following at the end of section 3 1 5 1 : "See Section 3543 for increased parking 
buffers." 

and; 

deleting ", or in any required yard area adjacent to a residential or institutional use." and insert a 
period after "right-of-way" from Section 3151. 

The amended section will read: 

3151. No off-street parking area shall be located within ten (10) feet of a property line, or 

within twenty (20) feet of a street right-of-way. See Section 3543 for increased parking 

buffers. 

b. Deleting "for ten (10) or more cars" from Section 3156. 
The amended section will read: 

3156. Parking areas shall provide screening in accordance with Section 3500. 
Amending Section 3500 regarding general landscaping requirements by: 
1 . Amending the table in Section 3530 Landscaping Requirements for Property Lines 
The existing section reads: 



DISTRICT 


RM 


CA 


CB 


cc 


CD 


IA 


IS 


RMH 


cx 


P 


OS 


Distance in 
ft. 


20 


20 


30 


50 


50 


50 


50 


30 


30 


30 


10 



Change property line landscaping as follows in order to be consistent with the required setbacks: 
CA Change from 20' to 10' 

CC Change from 50' to 30' 

CD Change from 50' to 10' 

IA Change from 50' to 40' 

IS Change from 50' to 40' 
P Change from 30' to 10' 

The amended table will read: 



DISTRICT 


RM 


CA 


CB 


CC 


CD 


IA 


IS 


RMH 


CX 


P 


OS 


Distance in 
ft. 


20 


10 


30 


30 


10 


40 


40 


30 


30 


10 


10 



119 



2. Amending Section 3550 regarding landscaping requirements for street frontage of 
nonresidential uses by inserting the following at the beginning of the section: "With the 
exception of the CA, CD and P Districts" and inserting the following after the first sentence of 
the section: "In the CA, CD and P Districts the required landscaped buffer area shall be 10'." 

The amended section will read: 

3550. Landscaping Requirements for Street Frontage of Nonresidential Uses . : A landscaped 
buffer area, except for approved access ways, at least twenty feet in width as measured from the 
layout of the roadway providing frontage, shall be established . In the C A, CD and P Districts 
the required landscaped buffer area shall be 10'. The buffer area shall be planted with Grass, 
medium height shrubs, and shade trees. Shade trees shall be planted at least every 35 feet along 
the road frontage. 

Amending Section 4600 regarding planned open space developments by: 

Deleting "4628. Buffer Areas . All dwellings and structures shall be located a minimum of 50 feet 
from adjacent properties, and 100 feet from adjacent surface waters or wetlands. Buffer areas 
shall be retained in their natural vegetative state to the maximum extent feasible, except where 
adjacent to agriculturally used property." in its entirety. 

Amending Section 5100 regarding administration, by inserting a new Section 

5140 which reads: 

5140 Non-Criminal Disposition. In addition to the procedure for enforcement as described in 
Section 5130 above, the provisions of this By-law may also be enforced by the Inspector of 
Buildings by non-criminal disposition as provided in Mass. G. L. c. 40, s. 2 ID. The penalty for 
such violation shall be $25.00 for the first offense, $50.00 for the second offense, $100.00 for the 
third offense, and $200.00 for the fourth and each subsequent offense. 

Amending Section 5200 regarding Board of Appeals, by: 

Inserting the following after the last sentence of Section 5222: "Procedural requirements for 
variances shall follow 5330." 

The amended section will read: 

5222. To hear and decide appeals or petitions for variances from the terms of this By-law, with 
respect to particular land or structures, as set forth in G. L. c. 40 A, s. 10. The Board of Appeals 
shall not grant use variances. Procedural requirements for variances shall follow 5330. 

Amending Section 5300 regarding special permits and variances, by: 

1. Deleting "and Variances" from the section heading of Section 5300. The amended section 
heading will read: 

5300. SPECIAL PERMITS 

2. Deleting Section 5370 in its entirety. Section 5370 reads: "5370. Variances . Procedural 
requirements for variances shall follow 5330." 

Amending Section 5400 regarding site plan review, by: 

1 . Inserting the following after the last sentence of Section 543 1 "The Planning Board shall 
publish a legal notice no less than five (5) days before the public hearing and shall notify all 
abutters and abutters to abutters within 300 feet." 

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The amended section will read: 

Use, Structure, or Activity Available As of Right. An application for a building permit to 
perform work as set forth in Section 5410 available as of right shall be accompanied by an 
approved Site Plan. Prior to the commencement of any activity set forth in Section 5410 
available as of right, the project proponent shall obtain site plan approval from the Planning 
Board. Applicants for site plan approval shall submit twelve (12) full size sets and eight (8) 
reduced size sets of the site plan to the Planning Board for review. The Planning Board shall 
publish a legal notice no less than five (5) days before the public hearing and shall notify all 
abutters and abutters to abutters within 300 feet. 

2. Deleting the third sentence of Section 5434 which reads: "No special permit or variance shall 
be issued by the Board of Appeals without the written approval of the site plan by the Planning 
Board, or unless 60 days lapse from the date of the submittal of the site plan without action by 
the Planning Board, unless extended by the Planning Board." 

and inserting a new third sentence which reads: "No application for special permit or variance 
shall be filed with the Board of Appeals until the Planning Board's Site Plan public hearing has 
been opened, or unless 60 days lapse from the date of the submittal of the site plan without 
action by the Planning Board, unless the Planning Board extends the 60 day review period." 

The amended section will read: 

The Planning Board shall review and act upon the site plan, with such conditions as may be 
deemed appropriate, within sixty (60) days of its receipt, and notify the applicant of its decision. 
The decision of the Planning Board shall be upon a majority of those present and shall be in 
writing. No application for special permit or variance shall be filed with the Board of Appeals 
until the Planning Board's Site Plan public hearing has been opened, or unless 60 days lapse 
from the date of the submittal of the site plan without action by the Planning Board, unless 
extended by the Planning Board. Where the Planning Board approves a site plan "with 
conditions", and said site plan accompanies a special permit or variance application to the Board 
of Appeals, the conditions imposed by the Planning Board shall be incorporated into the 
issuance, if any, of a special permit or variance by the Board of Appeals. 

Amending Article VI. Definitions, by: 

1. Deleting definition of "building height" which reads: 

Building height: The vertical distance from the grade to the highest point of the roof. When a 
building faces more than one street, the height shall be measured from the average grade at the 
center line of each street front. Not included are spires, cupolas, antennae, or similar parts of 
structures that do not enclose potentially habitable floor space. 

And inserting the following in its place: 

Building Height: The vertical distance measured from the mean finished grade of all sides of the 
building or structures to the highest point of the roof for flat roofs, to the deck line for mansard 
roofs and to the mean height between eaves and ridge for gable, hip and gambrel roofs. Not 
included are spires, cupolas, antennae, or similar parts of structures that do not enclose 
potentially habitable floor space. 

2. Adding the following new definition: 



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Dwelling unit: One (1) or more living and sleeping rooms providing complete living facilities for 
the use of one (1) or more individuals constituting a single housekeeping unit, with permanent 
provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation. 

UNDER ARTICLE 30. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to accept 
and approve the codification of the bylaws of the Town of Chelmsford in the format presented by 
General Code Publishers Corp., which is on file in the office of the Town Clerk, said codification 
contained in a reorganizing, renumbering and recaptioning of the present bylaws. Such 
codification of the bylaws, along with certain regulations of the Board of Health, Planning Board 
and Board of Selectmen, shall be known as the "Code of the Town of Chelmsford," 

The Town Manager explained that this article would re-codify the present by-laws of the Town. 
Over the years many changes had been made to the General By-Laws and they needed to be re- 
codified. The Zoning-By-Law and Subdivision Rules and Regulations are just being renumbered 
to coincide with the General By-laws numbers. Nothing is changing in the contents just 
renumbering. He asked for support of the article.The Finance Committee recommended the 
article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator said he had the 
Planning Board's written recommendation. He said that the Planning Board held a public 
meeting on September 22, 1999 on the re-numbering of the Zoning By-laws. It had been 
advertised in the Chelmsford Independent of September 2 and 9, 1999 The Board also held 
another public hearing on October 13, 1999 on the re-numbering of the Subdivision Rules and 
Regulations. It had been advertised in the Lowell Sun of September 28, 1999 and October 15, 
1999. Copies were sent to all abutting towns and appropriate agencies as required by statute. 
The Planning Board voted unanimously (6-0) to recommend the article. The Moderator asked if 
there was any need for discussion, hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, 
motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 31. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend the 
following sections of the bylaws to change references to the "Treasurer" and "Collector" to read 
"Treasurer-Collector": §§ 5-3C(2) and 11-11 A; Form CCA in Chapter 20; §§ 35-2A, 35-4, 51- 
4D(5), 51-5C, 81-2B and C, 106-3 and 137-4L. 

The Town Manager explained that John Coderre who is the Ass't to the Town Manager had been 
working on this project. It was his efforts that brought this project to the Town Meeting for a 
vote. Therefore he was going to turn the podium over to John Coderre who would address any 
and all questions concerning this article and the next 17 articles. John Coderre came forward and 
explained that General Code was the Company chosen for re-codifying the by-laws. When 
going over the General By-Laws it was found certain wording needed to be either updated or 
deleted, in it's entirety. In most cases where wording was being deleted it was found to be 
addressed elsewhere. This article and the following are addressing all the issues that are needed 
to be acted on in order to complete the re-codification project. The Finance Committee 
recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator 
asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show 
of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 32. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-1, Violations and penalties, of the bylaws to read as follows, 
pursuant to MGL c. 40, § 21: "Any violation of these bylaws shall be punishable by a fine of not 
less than $5 nor more than $300, or any such other amount as may be authorized, from time to 
time, under the General Laws," 

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John Coderre explained that this change would make the by-law current with the state statue. The 
Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. 
The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by 
way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 33. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 5, Alarm Systems, of the bylaws as follows: 

To revise the first sentence in § 5-3J to read as follows: "An alarm user whose permit has been 
revoked is not precluded under this chapter from applying for a new permit. The Chief of Police 
will not issue a new permit unless he or she is satisfied that the user's system has been properly 
serviced and its deficiencies corrected"; 

To delete original Section 3N, which contained the same wording as § 5-7C. 

John Coderre explained that these are minor changes needed for clarification. The Finance 
Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The 
Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way 
of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 34. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 8, Alcoholic Beverages, of the bylaws, § 8-5, to raise the fine from $50 to $100. 

John Coderre explained that this article was recommended and requested by the Chief of Police. 
The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the 
article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a 
vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 35. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 11, Animals, Article I, and Dogs, of the bylaws as follows: 

To delete the following wording from § 11-8: "Any owner or keeper of any dog who refuses to 
turn over any dog to the dog officer upon demand, said seeking out, catching or confinement 
authorized in the paragraph above, shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00). 
Each day that said violation continues shall constitute a separate offense"; 

To delete original Section 23, Effective implementation date of this by-law. 

John Coderre explained that this is a case of the information already being addressed within the 
by-law. The second item is to delete this information because this by-law has been in effect for 
thirteen years. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing 
none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 36. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 20, Conservation Commission, Article I, Conservation Reservations, § 20-1 J of the 
bylaws to read as follows: "The use of all forms of motorized vehicles, except those authorized 
by the Conservation Commission or those used by the Police and/or Fire Department, shall be 
prohibited," 

John Coderre explained that this doesn't change anything, just for clarification purposes. The 
Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. 
The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by 
way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

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UNDER ARTICLE 37. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 42, Fire Prevention, of the bylaws as follows: 

To add the following wording to § 42-3 F: "Street numbers may be attached to a curbside 
delivery mailbox, provided that the mailbox is located adjacent to the delivery driveway that 
accesses the property. The numbers shall be three inches high on both sides of the mailbox"; 

To delete the following original sections: Section 8, Operation of service stations, garages used 
for commercial purposes, self-service stations including convenience stores; Section 9, Tanks 
and containers; and Section 13, Transportation of flammable liquids by a cargo tank. 

John Coderre explained that this was recommended and requested by the Fire Chief for public 
safety reasons. The second item is no longer needed, it is already covered by State statue. The 
Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. 
The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by 
way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 38. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 63, Hazardous Materials, of the bylaws as follows: 

To amend Article I, Control and Management, § 63-2 to delete the definition of "by-law"; 

To amend Article II, Subsurface Material Discharge and Fuel Storage, § 63-9, to delete "or 
subsurface material" following "no fuels." 

John Coderre explained that this is needed for clarification purposes. The Finance Committee 
recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator 
asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show 
of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 39. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 81, Licenses and Permits, of the bylaws by adding the following wording to § 81-2C, 
pursuant to MGL c. 40, § 57(b): "or with respect to any activity, event or other matter which is 
the subject of such license or permit and which activity, event or matter is carried out or 
exercised or is to be carried out or exercised on or about real estate owned by any party whose 
name appears on said list furnished to the licensing authority from the Treasurer-Collector". 

John Coderre explained that this would allow Boards not to approve any permits or licenses, due 
to owing back taxes. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen 
recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing 
none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 40. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 84, Littering, of the bylaws by deleting the following wording (now covered by Chapter 
168, Unsolicited Written Material): "Any person causing to be delivered any advertising or 
informational material either singularly or collectively packaged upon any premises in the town 
shall make known his identity and the location of his usual place of business or residence to each 
owner or occupant receiving said materials. Any person who does not desire to receive said 
materials may notify the distributor at this address of his desire not to receive said materials. 
Whoever, after receiving notification of a person's desire not to receive said material, delivers or 
causes to be delivered any advertising or information materials either singularly or collectively 
packaged upon that person's premises shall be punished by a fine of $50". 



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John Coderre explained this is a duplication in penalties and should be eliminated. The Finance 
Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The 
Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way 
of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 41. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 100, Noise, Article I, Sound-Amplifying Equipment, of the bylaws by adding the 
following section, or to take any action relative thereto: 

§ 1 00-4. Violations and penalties. 

The penalty for any violation of this article shall be a fine of $50. 

John Coderre said that the Police Chief recommended and requested this article. The Finance 
Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The 
Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way 
of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 42. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 113, Peace and Good Order, of the bylaws as follows: 

To revise the penalty in § 1 13-2, Loitering, Subsection C, to $50 for a first offense and $100 for 
subsequent offenses; 

To add a fine of $50 to § 113-3, Swimming and bathing; 

To add a fine of $100 to § 113-4, Disorderly conduct; 

To add a fine of $50 to § 113-5, Peeping persons. 

John Coderre explained that these items are already covered in the State statute. The Finance 
Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The 
Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way 
of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 43. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 129, School Buildings and Grounds, by adding the following section, or to take any 
action relative thereto: 

§ 129-2. Violations and penalties. 

The penalty for any violation of this chapter shall be a fine of $25. 

John Coderre explained that this is an existing by-law that needs to have a specific fine. The 
Police Chief recommended the article. The Finance Committee recommended the article. The 
Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any need for 
discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, 
unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 44. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 142, Streets and Sidewalks, Article II, Street Openings, as follows: 

In § 142-13, to add a minimum application fee of $25; 

In § 142-24M(5), to change "Highway Department" to "Department of Public Works." 



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John Coderre explained that currently the DPW issues permits for this work based on cost per 
footage. This requires an actual onsite measurement by the Personnel of the DPW. It is 
requested to charge a flat fee instead and eliminates the backup of requests while waiting for the 
for personnel to go verify and measure the site. The Finance Committee recommended the 
article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator asked if there was any 
need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion 
carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 45. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 158, Trailers and Trailer Camps, of the bylaws by changing "Board of Public Health" to 
"Board of Health" in § 158-1. 

John Coderre explained that this is for clarification purposes. The Finance Committee 
recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator 
asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show 
of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 46. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 174, Vehicles and Traffic, of the bylaws as follows: 

In § 174-3, to change "Crystal Lake" to "Freeman Lake"; 

In § 174-4, to revise Subsection B(4) to read as follows: "The record owner of each building, 
upon notification of the designation of a fire lane by the Chief of the Fire Department, shall 
provide markings and signs that comply with specifications and plans approved by the Fire 
Chief; 

In § 174-4, Subsection D, to change "punishable as provided in General Bylaws Article 1" to 
"punishable by a fine of $25"; 

In § 174-5, Subsection E, to change "Violation of this bylaw" to "Violation of Subsection D". 

John Coderre explained that this is for minor clarification purposes. The Finance Committee 
recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator 
asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show 
of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 47. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 180, Unregistered Vehicles, of the bylaws as follows: 

In § 1 80-4B, to revise "a penalty of not more than $50" to "a penalty of $50"; 

To delete original Section 8, which read "Said violation shall be punishable as provided in 
Article 1 of the Town of Chelmsford General Bylaws". 

John Coderre explained that this makes the violation a flat fee of $50. The Finance Committee 
recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The Moderator 
asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way of a show 
of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

UNDER ARTICLE 48. Town Manager Bernard Lynch moved that the Town vote to amend 
Chapter 187, Wetlands, of the bylaws as follows: 

To delete the following sentence from the definition of "marsh, freshwater wetland, swamp, wet 
meadow and bog" in § 187-2A (this sentence duplicates § 187-2B): "The Commission may adopt 
additional definitions not inconsistent with this Section 16 of this Bylaw"; 

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To delete the following sentence from § 187-4D (this sentence duplicates § 187-23): "If any 
provision of this bylaw shall be determined to be invalid, the validity of the remaining portion of 
the bylaw shall not be affected thereby". 

John Coderre explained that this eliminates duplication and clarifies the by-law. The Finance 
Committee recommended the article. The Board of Selectmen recommended the article. The 
Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing none, he asked for a vote by way 
of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. 

Seeing that there was no further business at hand, Selectman Michael McCall moved that the 
Town Meeting adjourn. The Moderator asked if there was any need for discussion? Hearing 
none, he asked for a vote by way of a show of hands, motion carried, unanimously. The 
meeting adjourned at 1 1 :05 PM. 



Dennis E. McHugh, Moderator Mary E. St. Hilaire, Town Clerk 



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